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POW Magazine Reviews the Exclusive New Single from Joel Gion

Joel Gion – photo credit Alex Hurst

POW Magazine Reviews the Exclusive New Single from Joel Gion

Most POW readers will already be very familiar with Joel Gion– for over 2 decades he has been the eternally smiling, tambourine shaking member of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. However over the past few years Gion has established himself as a singer-songwriter capable of holding his own, releasing several singles along with a full length album in 2014. Gion’s anticipated sophomore album is set to be released in the Spring of 2017, but an exclusive, non-album track, “Tomorrow’ is available now as a digital single via itunes.

“Tomorrow” is stoney, feel-good, psych-folk. Though he doesn’t stray far from the signature BJM sound, there’s a positivity and cheekiness to Joel’s solo efforts that is unique. ‘Tomorrow” may have been written based on serious and controversial subject matter (Gion says the track was inspired by the 2016 political campaigns and the overall state of the world), but Gion delivers his lyrics like a motivational speech, lifting us up and reassuring us that “The harder the grind, the brighter we shine, So go ahead and bring it on”. It’s a fitting message for the new year, and one we all need to be reminded of.
Gion’s forthcoming album release in the Spring features several other members of the BJM, and is said to feature “soul jazz, tropicalia, and Italio soundtracksonics” along with familiar 60s psych and folk sounds. If “Tomorrow” is an indication of what we can expect on the album, Joel may bring back the Summer of Love in 2017.

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Reviewed by Sheena Salazar for POW Magazine