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REVIEW: JMS Harrison – ‘Precious Company’

March 11, 2015 by Josh Forner

‘Precious Company’ is the latest single to be launched by Melbourne folk artist, JMS Harrison.

It’s an acoustic guitar-heavy rendition which can be drawn directly from Harrison’s self-proclaimed influences in Wilco and Elliott Smith specifically. The track see-saws between a thick and melodic collection and a pausing, almost reflective passage, where Harrison stages his high vocal range.

An intricate and charged bridge kicks in at the right moment and takes the song in a whole new direction. The circular nature of the rhythm and guitar part is broken poignantly by an energetic, yet quieter middle section, yielding to a build-up back to the heavy acoustic guitar layering, succinctly accented by a running lead electric guitar positing clean notation back into the verse section.

The rough yet resonating nature of Harrison’s voice becomes much more prominent toward the back end of the track and allows the listener to be akin to a struggle and – indeed – a loss.

The fullishness of Harrison’s guitar role in this track certainly draws upon a style of sound that is rarely heard these days. The string resonance is deep and accentuated; his skill in creating a hook clearly evident through the simple, repeated part which sets the backbone for ‘Precious Company’.

Lyric and melodic balance seems to work well, although the track is quite musically heavy, this gives further definition and power to the lyrics when they arrive throughout. A deepness and an emptiness can be felt at the same time in ‘Precious Company’; a hard art to master but something that JMS Harrison does quite well this time around.

JMS Harrison is playing live at The Post Office Hotel on Thursday March 12th from 8 PM.

His debut album, ‘Tales Surround the Lighthouse Lamp’ is expected out in late 2015.

You can view the official ‘Precious Company’ music video below.

The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Melting Pot.

Author Details

Josh Forner

Josh Forner is a folk/pop songwriter from Melbourne, Australia and Virginia, USA. Forner was born in Melbourne on July 2 1988, and spent the first 18 months of his life there before moving with his parents to the town of Reston in Virginia, USA. At the age of 3, Forner and his mother returned to Melbourne, where he has stayed ever since.

Josh sings of love, primarily (wow, what a shock right?), but also on his list of ‘hot topics’ are politics, famine, poverty and - of course – landscapes: the folk writer’s favourite.

He’s played with some of Melbourne’s stalwarts including Timothy Cannon, Bridget Pross, Mr Brady, Pro Rata, Gabriel Lynch & Kyle Taylor, and has contributed two of his tracks to non-profit compilation CDs in the past.

Josh’s repertoire continues to grow. He released his first album, a 10-track LP entitled ‘Leading to Nowhere’ at The Workers Club on May 28th, 2013. Forner has since returned to the studio to begin work on a 5-track solo EP to be released by the end of 2013. Following that, he has plans for album number two in 2014.

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