Many people around the world, listening to ‘A New Kind Of Something’ in the TV advertising campaign for the worldwide launch of a new tablet PC, have asked themselves (and asked also via the Internet) who wrote it and who sings it, because the song's lyrics, and the way they are sung, are somehow both immediate and comforting.
The mystery is revealed: ‘A New Kind Of Something’ (taken from the just released EP) is the first single from the ‘Common Mama’ project by Ferdinando Arnò and the singer for this track is Jon Kenzie.
Jon Kenzie is a young British artist with an extraordinary voice - both fresh and evocative, original and yet familiar - which seems to emerge from memory and give it a new direction. Jon began his career playing around London and is now the lead of the group Beggar Joe on the Manchester indie scene.
‘A New Kind Of Something’ was inspired by the final scene of the 1971 cult film ‘Harold and Maude’ by Hal Ashby, where the young lead wanders into the vista of an American mountain landscape playing a banjo, towards the encounter with something new and undefined. In the film, the piece accompanying this scene is by Cat Stevens. Mixing that atmosphere, the banjo sound and a piano solo inspired by The Mamas & The Papas, Arnò composed the song with the voice of Jon Kenzie in mind, a voice with the best colours of 70’s Britpop blues, a hippy crooner with contemporary spirit and gusto… it’s enough to listen to artists like Patrick Watson, James Blake, Aimee Mann and Ray Lamontagne.
Recorded between Manchester, Milan and London, the EP was mixed at Metropolis Studios in the U.K.'s capital and Electric Lady Studios in NY by Tom Elmhirst (Amy Winehouse, Adele, Cee Lo Green...).