Philip Jonathon, a new alt/ambient-folk artist from Northumberland, UK releases his second single – I Hope. A beautifully soothing song with a simplistic yet optimistic feel.
Philip has seen success with his first single Seafront reaching No. 1 in the UKCC June Indie/Folk/Acoustic charts and has several more singles planned for release in 2021. As a classically trained pianist and violinist, Philip draws inspiration from artists like Sigmur Ros, Ben Howard, and Roo Pains. He crafts his songs through meditative reflection, drawing on the questions that rise to the surface, on a hunt for the beauty to be found in some of the rawest and most vulnerable moments. His storytelling lyrics in I Hope are encompassed by a soothing melody with twinkling notes giving it warmth and optimism, this is a beautiful, almost hypnotic single.
Opening with soft guitar chords backed by twinkling piano, and uplifting violin gives the impression of the soundscape of the sea before the addition of percussion and harmonising backing vocals transform the feeling of the single to one of hope, giving the song a soothing yet uplifting feel.
Inspired by the C.S. Lewis novel, The Screwtape Letters, which offers insight into our own struggles with our inner demons. The track imagines hope as a person, exploring the story of someone’s relationship with disappointment from hope’s perspective. Speaking about the song Philip said: “I wondered what hope would say to us if it were a person in relationship with us, would it be offering empty or superficial platitudes? Would it be bitter if (and when) we leave it for disappointment? Or would it say something else?”