Monday, March 11, 2024

Jon Muq - "One You Love"

Photo by Jim Herrington

I'm definitely guilty of using "mainstream" in a derogatory way in regards to music. But sometimes an artist just nails the mainstream thing so well, even the snobbiest of music fans can't help but to praise them. That's how it has been with Jon Muq's singles, and his latest is no exception. "One You Love" is a piano based pop-rock song that could easily end up getting played on Adult Contemporary radio, but you'll still love it since it's just so good. The Ugandan born, current Austin, TX resident Muq can take a song as mainstream and pop leaning as "One You Love" and inject enough of his soul into it to make it irresistible. Sure, it's pop-rock, but there's plenty of soul in the song and just enough of an Afrobeat element to keep things interesting. This is just top tier songwriting.

You can watch the video for "One You Love" below. Flying Away, Jon Muq's Dan Auerbach produced debut album, is due out May 31 on Easy Eye Sound, and is available for pre-order here. For more on Jon Muq, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.

March 11 Spin Magazine @ 800 Congress @  9pmMarch 13 Willie Nelson’s Luck Potluck @ 6pmMarch 13 Continental Club SXSW @  10pmMarch 14 GSD&M Backyard, Austin City Limits @ 11amMarch 14   Sun Radio @  4pmMarch 15 Stubb’s w/ The Black Keys @ 8pmMarch 16 Hotel Van Zandt, KGSR Radio  @amApril 8 Washington D.C.  Pearl Street WarehouseApril 11 New York NY Rockwood Music HallApril 13 Philadelphia PA World Cafe LiveJuly 5 Marshfield MA          Levitate Festival

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