Jonny Ong is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the island country of Singapore, who was inspired by a busker in Amsterdam to pick up the Handpan. Incorporating this unusual instrument into his songs, Ong creates a wholly original sound which draws from multiple different cultures and countries, resulting in art which is entirely universal. Jonny started his musical journey at the age of 10 where he sang covers of Frank Sinatra for family birthdays. It was only during his high school years when Jonny first discovered the joy of The Beatles and decided to learn guitar. He went on to performing and eventually writing, recording and producing his own music.
During his teenage years, Jonny found a deep obsession for psychedelic music and how songs usually had unconventional instruments layered into the mix. Working in tandem with his producer-band mate Callum Rose, Ong has crafted distinctive, timeless pop songs, where massed strings that sweep you up in their beauty are artfully blended with modern production touches and unexpected stylistic swerves.
‘Fools’ is a slow, heavy outpouring of emotion, a feat of producing and arranging, but at its core, it’s a song about lost love. Ong’s beloved Beatles are honoured in the line “tomorrow never knows…” and when the chorus kicks in, the emotion held in the lines “Living in fantasy/Hiding our misery like fools,” is like a punch in the gut, held together by Ong’s powerful vocals and the brass accompaniment. It melds together jazz, folk and rock influences effortlessly, joining them all together to create a lilting journey of a song which cements Jonny Ong’s place in the musical landscape as one of the most formidable songwriting and arranging talents in the psychedelia world today.
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