Cooking Vinyl

Jon Fratelli

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Jon Fratelli is best known for his work as the front man of Scottish rockers The Fratellis. In 2009, when the band split up, Jon branched out with fellow Scottish musician Lou Hickey to form Codeine Velvet Club, who released one self titled album and after touring for about a year called it a day.

Jon then went on to craft a solo career for himself, using the musicians he recruited for Codeine Velvet Club. He reunited with producer Tony Hoffer and recorded his debut album “Psycho Jukebox” in LA before releasing it and touring it in 2011.

A second album was originally recorded in 2012 entitled “Bright Night Flowers” but this was shelved as the Fratellis decided to reunite and have been recording albums together ever since. However, in 2018, it was revealed that Jon has re-recorded Bright Night Flowers. He scrapped half the album, and reworked what was left and released it in February 2019.

Bright Night Flowers is brilliant, a selection of exquisite songs, largely written on piano that, in all the best ways, have something of the night about them.

Soul-noir, country-gothic, The Big ‘O’ meets The Big Easy, the Heart Of Saturday Night meets the West End of Glasgow… call it what you will, Jon’s second solo “joint” is a masterpiece, and a refreshing change of pace from the last band album.

It’s about making things interesting and fresh for himself, and for listeners. The songs on the last Fratellis album largely began on a laptop, in a briskly spontaneous fashion. With this second solo album, Jon found himself sitting at an instrument he hadn’t played in a while.

“Almost all of these songs were written on the piano, which is fairly obvious on first listen. It seemed like the most natural counterpoint to the last album: to move away from fairly loud and colourful songs – some of which were built from mash ups of various ideas – to something gentle that rolled with a bit more fluidity.”