Jonathan Wilson shares trippy video for “Trafalgar Square”

About to return to these shores for a performance at End Of The Road this weekend, followed by 4 UK headline shows next week, including a performance at Islington Assembly Hall, Jonathan Wilson has shared a supremely psychedelic video to the track “Trafalgar Square” from his critically acclaimed recent album Rare Birds. Of the video Wilson says: “I’m very pleased to share the video for ‘Trafalgar Square’… This visual feast was created by the mega-talented Kevin Andrews aka Andrewknives, who is an LA–based digital artist that I really admire. We had been using some of his stunning and completely trippy visuals in my live show, and I really wanted to work with him for a video. He agreed, and I figured “Trafalgar Square” would just about be the perfect marriage of the whimsical and surreal music landscape with his tripped to the max visual – the monolithic riff and that Red droptop in the desert. Hope you enjoy it…”  

Critical acclaim for Rare Birds, out now on Bella Union:

“Wilson’s latest nods at Zappa, Talk Talk, Peter Gabriel and The Byrds… Rare Birds unpacks a wealth of sonic detail… This feels like a record you could lose yourself in for months.”

MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“A rich, sprawling triumph, its widescreen ambition and focus on detail breathing drama into the songs.” The Observer – 4 Stars ****

“By turns reminiscent of Talk Talk, Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, Wilson has gone Eighties maximalist.” Evening Standard – 4 Stars ****

“Multi–tracked perfection… Rare Birds transcends its central theme in a flurry of uplifting, gospel–tinged pop, swooping George Harrison–style guitars and achingly good ballads.”

Sunday Express – 4 Stars **** (Album of the Week)

“Lana Del Ray pops up on Living With Myself, the ambient pioneer Laraaji adds New Age chants to Loving You, and the whole thing is pulled along by virtuosity, invention and depth.”  

The Times – 4 Stars ****

“LA producer’s magnum opus… Brooding, widescreen and ambitiously maximalist.” Uncut – 7/10

“An expansive and multi–layered meditation about a failed relationship, Wilson’s reactions to heartbreak mostly sound beatific.” Long Live Vinyl – 8/10

“Wilson has added synths, samples and drum machines to his armoury and Rare Birds is more expansive as a result.” Daily Mail – 4 Stars ****

“Wilson moves determinedly forward, and gloriously so… Dense, colourful and wonderfully realised.. It’s all dizzyingly good.” PROG

“Wilson moves on from the Laurel Canyon–evoking textures that dominated his earlier releases and embraces the 1980s… Loveliest of all is the drivetime pop of Over The Midnight”. 

Sunday Times

“One of the early contenders for album of 2018.” The Guitar Magazine – 9/10

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