When Jon Varley releases The Missing Kink Third Outing becomes addicted. And so we had to find out more...
Yep, we met Jon Varley
By Steffen Armstrong
3rd: "Suspended Girl lost in their world". Tell me about the track and the girl behind it?
Varley: The song is about trying to be in a relationship with someone who overvalues literary ethos, who takes opinion as fact. For Whom I Have Eyes and Fall are about the same girl; Suspended Girl (i) and (ii) are somewhat of a relationship-midpoint between the latter two. Song writing functions as my emotional release, my way of understanding and dealing with personal issues; not an uncommon occurrence for any artist through their respective medium.
What should people expect from listening to The Missing Kink? The other pre-released track Ear To Her Heart is somewhat different from the single, you see.
Lyrically, the album ranges from light and fun, to introspective, cynical, dark and personal. Most facets of my personality are, in some way, represented. Instrumentally, Bryce Cloghesy and I tried to create a variety of higher energy, fully-fleshed songs and stripped-down, atmospheric songs. The final four songs wind down to a gentler feeling, much like the majority of S/T. Overall, expect my personal flavour of pop songwriting.
"I listen music by album, front to back"
You have a lovely clear cut guitar sound. Is that how you would describe it? We can hear this develop in The Missing Kink from S/T. Do you notice it too?
My guitar tone tastes were developing while this album was written from one of the bands I play in and write for; Painted Fruit(s). Clean tube amp with lots of reverb and a gentle dose of an analog delay pedal. The Missing Kink, in many ways, is a continuation of S/T with better song writing, production, arrangements and vision.
What is your highlight of S/T? For me it's a perfect song writing example, not hung up by the 'DIY approach' whatsoever. What were you trying to do with the record? And what are you highlights?
My personal favourite song would have to be Greyhound, though the highlight was the act of recording the album. It was my first shot at analog recording and a great learning experience. The album is a snapshot of the early development of my pop song writing. With both solo records, I wanted to create something that people could enjoy listening to at any time and connect with emotionally.
Is Jon Varley going to do something really big very soon?
The two bands I play in Painted Fruit and Novel are in the middle of preparing and recording new records, so my solo music is currently on hold; however, I have a handful of new JV songs and a vision for another solo record that can be expected sometime in 2016. My goal for my solo music is simply to have lots people listen to it, preferably on cassette through a stereo. I listen music by album, front to back; as opposed to song by song, and I would be happy to hear people were listening to my music in this fashion; that's how The Missing Kink was designed.