Jona Overground are the serendipitous pairing, whose debut album “On The Outside” finds them channelling Dionne Warwick’s Bacharach-era heartbreak one minute, before hot stepping to the nightclub floor the next.
The duo started writing songs together after meeting at Goldsmiths and discovering a shared love of classic songwriting. They began recording in 2012 as well as playing some acoustic gigs to gauge audience response. The London live circuit was immediately smitten by the new duo, and live fans wanted to know when the debut album would arrive. It already had…Jona Overground just needed the right label to work with. Step in Label owner David Jaymes (IRL Records) after meeting in an underground bar in Soho in late 2013. The connection made, Jona's performance was about to go overground with an official release in 2014.
If Jona Overground's intricate pop approach sticks with one mantra throughout, it’s that all the important things happen at night... From the clubbiness of the title track to the lovelorn disco of ‘My World, Your World’, Jona capture those little emotions that fill big spaces. Imagine Moloko reborn in the hand of Joan As Policewoman and you’re halfway there. Their debut “On The Outside” always manages to stay breezy even when love’s fate seems to be ticking down. Elsewhere they do soaring regret (‘Fallout’) like some late Dusty, before switching back to straight-up pop on the radio single ‘If You Were Free’. But wherever they wander there’s a wistfulness that even works when the sun’s out and the top’s down.
Anna's in-demand talents have provided regular support to the likes of Kylie, Erasure and Lionel Richie, with TV appearances on shows such as TFI Friday and Graham Norton. Jon’s a man with more instruments to his name than 6 weeks in the studio could exhaust. A self taught guitarist and classically trained pianist his writing credits include music for the BBC, Channel 4 and ESPN.And so we present ‘On The Outside’ – ten stories that’ll get stuck inside your stereo this summer.
"Fine musicianship and wonderfully-imagined arrangements set off the consistently
Phil Hogg, The Passport Show