First video: Simon Jones – Royal Mail

Five hundred years ago few could read and the few letters sent were delivered by the King’s Messenger – dressed in royal red with a hat and feathers trimmed.

It’s not your standard theme material for a song, but award-winning multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Simon Jones doesn’t take inspiration from your standard inspirations.

Best known for his musical work as the third in the famous trio of experimental folk songs and storytelling Harp and a monkey, Jones has now completed the recording of his first solo album (“How Things Work”).

The album was born out of the artist’s love for vintage Ladybird Books – a classic publishing imprint with a distinctive visual aesthetic, and one that has been loved by many generations of families.

Thus, listeners can look forward to a journey of discovery that covers themes as diverse as the aforementioned birth of the Postal Service as well as the characteristics of the seasons and the achievements of key historical figures.

A harp, guitar, viola and harmonium player, Jones ‘songs are hypnotic, quirky, and understated delights that are musically inspired by his love for thematic tunes from old’ 70s children’s TV shows and 80 and more fragile offerings like Vashti Bunyon. , Peter Bellamy and Nick Drake.

Harp & a Monkey enthusiasts may recognize some of the sonic benches, but will be intrigued to hear Jones’ distinctive tones as he embarks on lead singer duties.

Jones said: “It was a labor of love that drew on every element of the books, from the words to the pictures. I was determined to capture a certain dark, introspective feel that connected all the songs, regardless of their very different themes.

Jones has created a series of short animations to accompany a number of songs and we are delighted to have an exclusive preview of the premiere – ‘Royal Mail’.

Jones explained, “It’s been really nice to marry all aspects of my creative work into one project – musical and visual – and people who pre-order the album will also receive a collection of art cards that I’ve put together. and which provide more creative backgrounds for the songs.

This song and animation is inspired by the vintage Ladybird book ‘The Postman And The Postal Service’.

Simon J Jones’ “How Things Work” to be released on March 7the and can be pre-ordered now via

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