[News] Jon Gomm announces new album “The Faintest Idea” on Kscope and reveal tour dates

Jon Gomm has announced the details of his new album “The Faintest Idea,” due for release on Kscope on 16th October 2020.

The Blackpool-born singer-songwriter released his debut album Hypertension in 2003. Things changed for Jon with his single Passionflower racking up millions of views on YouTube and other media platforms in 2012 – with Stephen Fry describing him on mainstream television as someone “playing the guitar in a way I’d never seen it played before” and “an all-round genius”. Follow up album Secrets Nobody Keeps arrived in 2013, and now The Faintest Idea is set for release this October.

Jon comments: “I didn’t realise that my songs were worth anything beyond the crazy guitar playing. When people started getting my lyrics tattooed on them, I had to accept that they’re not doing that because they’re fans of percussive guitar.

The Faintest Idea contrasts the warmth of Gomm’s acoustic articulation with the more icy textures of synth parts provided by Australian musician Andy Sorenson. “Andy has taken my raw, intimate solo acoustic performances, and placed them in an artificially expanded landscape of his own creation. I feel like I’m playing a gig, but the venue is a synthetic reality dreamworld. I strum a chord, and it bounces off a cyan cloud releasing a shower of notes, I hit another, and it echoes through a crystal chamber” says Gomm.

The album earned its title through the notion that all of us, to some extent, are just The Faintest Idea. The singer/guitarist notes how that everything is made out of vibrating strings of probability, and it’s this scientific and spiritual meaning – as well as the more literal translation of total guesswork – that felt like the perfect summation of album number four… “It’s an enigmatic title,” smiles Gomm. “There’s a fine line between a metaphor and a pun, so I guess it dances on that.

The album is complemented by the delicate hand drawn pen and ink cover art created by Lee Zimmerman.

The Faintest Idea is due to be released on 16th October on CD, double gatefold LP with D-side artwork etching, digital and as a stunning limited edition deluxe 3 disc hardback book edition which will feature – CD1 – The Faintest Idea album, CD 2 – The Naked Artist Mix – a stripped back version of the album; a DVD containing 6 exclusive performances filmed in a medieval church, guitar technique presentations, a 35 minute Jon Gomm interview, song description videos and The Faintest Idea in high resolution stereo audio. The book will feature Lee Zimmerman illustrations, song descriptions, handwritten lyrics and full guitar tablature for the song “Check You’re Still Breathing”. All formats are available to pre-order here: https://jongomm.lnk.to/TheFaintestIdea

The Faintest Idea – UK & Eire Tour

December 2020
Sat 5 – Huddersfield – Parish Pub
Sun 6 – York – The Crescent
Thu 10 – Trowbridge – Emmanuels Yard
Fri 11 – Cheltenham – Frog And Fiddle
Sat 12 – Swansea – Sin City

Jan 2021
Mon 4 – Southampton – Joiners
Tue 5 – Brighton – Komedia
Wed 6 – Bury St Edmunds – Apex
Fri 15 – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
Sat 16 – Bristol – Thekla
Sun 17 – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
Fri 22 – Manchester – The Bread Shed
Sat 23 – Liverpool – Leaf
Fri 29 – Leeds – Brudenell

Feb 2021
Wed 3 – Runcorn – Brindley Theatre
Fri 5 – Milton Keynes – Craufurd Arms
Sat 6 – Haverhill – Haverhill Arts Centre
Sun 7 – Reading – Sub 89
Thu 11 – Cardiff – The Globe
Fri 12 – Blackpool – Bootleg Social
Thu 18 – Preston – The Ferret
Fri 19 – Newcastle – Cluny
Sat 20 – Glasgow – Oran Mor
Sat 27 – Dublin – Academy 2

March 2021
Fri 5 – London – Bush Hall
Sat 6 – Guildford – Boileroom

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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