After rising to prominence with the 2008 album ‘May be Sometime,’ a favorite on BBC radios, Jon Redfern reenters the music arena with ‘Wu Wei.’ This magnetic album is set to release on all major streaming platforms from October 15th.
The first track, 11 Year Old,’ paints a vivid picture of life through a child’s eyes. It’s a journey where innocence meets the raw truths of adulthood. The lyrics are both evocative and relatable, delving into what grown-ups often hide behind to protect themselves. This sets the stage for a captivating musical adventure that delves into Jon’s own youthful experiences through the lens of a new parent.
The music in ‘Wu Wei’ is a rich mix, blending electronic, synthesized, and acoustic sounds. It’s an invitation to connect with your inner child in a futuristic soundscape. The music feels like a guide, taking you on a ride through time, like dancing through your past, accompanied by a wiser, more experienced self who’s seen it all.
But what’s at the heart of ‘Wu Wei’ is the fascinating Taoist philosophy it’s named after. ‘Wu Wei’ is all about going with the flow, and accepting the natural currents of life. For Jon, this philosophy was a revelation, carrying him to some key moments that led to this album. There’s Jim Lewcock, a devoted fan who provided not just financial support but also cordiality and friendship that Jon needed to return to music. Then, Mark Saunders, Jon’s friend and former bassist for Florence and the Machine, left a set of guitar strings on Jon’s table. This small gesture ignited the creative spark that led to ‘Wu Wei,’ a four-year journey of musical storytelling.
‘Wu Wei’ is more than just an album; it’s a reflection of Jon’s life journey and experiences, intertwined with his love for Taoist philosophy. It’s a unique musical adventure that’s both nostalgic and futuristic, inviting everyone to embrace their own ‘Wu Wei’ in life. Jon’s dream for Wu Wei is very big, and he intends to soon launch a multi-artistic, global, and collaborative project evolving A.I, philosophy, and music.
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