‘Two Free Hands’ is his latest release, an EP that points to his developing and changing style – heading towards electronic sounds and beats.
The title track, Two Free Hands, is a testament to this change, his strong, distinctive voice suspended over a backdrop of beats and synthesisers that provide a much more pop setting than if he had been working in the indie-rock template.
The song appears twice, with a remixed version by Jet Jaguar closing. This version is less rhythmic, the minimalist backdrop highlighting the melody and synth line.
Two further songs, The Estuary (with Jet Jaguar), and a reworked version of Railway Lines (originally from his 2016 album ‘Successor’) round out the EP, with the beats-driven version of Railway Lines providing an excellent point of comparison to his earlier indie-rock version – a result of Tonnon working up the ‘Successor’ material live.
The Estuary is a dark, atmospheric track that again highlights his vocal line. ‘Two Free Hands’ features long-term band accomplices Stuart Harwood and Jonathan Pearce, with Anna Coddington on backing vocals.
Production was shared between Tonnon and Pearce.
An interesting diversion into a new sound, this intriguing EP provides a glimpse of the direction Tonnon could well be heading in for his next album.