Letting go of old ways, looking inwards, finding a sense of freedom. This is where Victoria folk-rock duo Jon and Roy placed their focus while recording their fourth album, Let It Go.
Jon and Roy play the Keloha Festival on July 8.
Set for release on June 12, the collection of 10 original songs makes up the perfect summer album with its laid-back acoustic guitar riffs, toe-tapping rhythms and made-for-sing-along lyrics.
The duo went searching for something intangible while recording Let It Go. Freedom—from artistic constraints, from audience expectations—became a recurring theme for the pair during the creation of the new album. If there was one rule for longtime friends and collaborators Jon Middleton (guitar/vocals) and Roy Vizer (drums/percussion), it was to have no rules at all.
“We felt much more free on this album,” said Middleton. “It was a very natural process in this way, similar to how we would approach a live show.”
The result of that feeling of freedom is a laid-back sound, with enough diversity to have listeners putting the album on repeat.