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Neon Muse

from Terra Boa by Jonny Wickham

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Nostalgic Bossa Nova and my own take on slow swinging samba. It features lots of percussion instruments played ‘wrong’ to imitate very close ASMR breathing. We had some takes we were happy with, but then I heard some delicate felt piano playing shimmering in the background, a personal serenade on the edge of silence that sounded like it was only for me, i realised, that is the sound. So we did one more, so the heartbreakingly poignant vocal and saxophone could whisper that secret in to your ear.


My fickle old friend you have made me blue
You always do
I’m violet through
a neon muse
I wonder too
If we're playing nostalgia
like we used to
I do not know
What to believe with you
coming round this late to say
Im back to stay
promise this time I’m back for good
So you’ll not play alone


from Terra Boa, released July 7, 2023
Lyrics by Yasmin Nabavi
Jonny Wickham - Double Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Clicks, Caxixi, Brushes, Chain Ben Brown - Drums, Clicks
Jeremy Shaverin - Egg Shaker, Clicks, Udu, Broomstick
Lyle Barton - Felt Piano
Greg Sanders - Electric Guitar
Irini Arabatzi - Vocals
Tom Barford - Tenor Saxophone, Saxophone Percussion


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Jonny Wickham London, UK

Jonny Wickham is a bassist, composer and band leader from London.

He has worked with critically acclaimed world music ensembles such as Caravela, Waaju, Juanita Euka, and Samba Azul. Jazz artists Burnheart, Alex Western King, Ian Shaw and The London Jazz Orchestra. Singer songwriters Ellie Dixon, Rosie Frater Taylor, Cherise and Jordan Rakei.

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