Harbottle and Jonas – The Beacon

Single Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson

The title of the new single release from the locked-down Devon-based duo Harbottle & Jonas refers to Ugborough Beacon, an ancient landmark close to the place where David and Freya live, in the Dartmoor area of the county.  The song, which also features Annie Baylis on violin and backing vocals, is the first offering from the duo’s next full length album due for release in the spring and stands as a beacon of hope and optimism in these exceptional times.  The three musicians provide an almost cinematic sound, with rich sweeping strings and pensive interludes, creating an arrangement of dramatic depth.  After some heavy duty touring that led up to the lock down, David and Freya took it as an opportunity to have a close look at their forced exile, which they saw as “a journey of discovery, that has taught us the importance of love, compassion and empathy, whilst discovering the needs and delights of our inner creature”.  A period then of ongoing inspiration and productivity and if this single is anything to go by, the album will be an eagerly anticipated event.  “The Beacon” will be available from all digital outlets from Friday 20 November, 2020.