Only a few months following recent Exeter graduate Jonny Harrison’s debut solo venture, Don’t Remember EP, he returns in the festive month with the equally forgetfully titled single “Maybe I Don’t Know”. It’s a lyrical subversion; an abstract montage between Paul Simon and Hannibal Lector, where moths are a metaphor for death, desire and intellect. Harrison has dropped the acoustic guitar and becomes tangled in the electronic fuzz of a Sub Pop release, somewhere in the realms of Dutch Uncles, Thom Yorke and Tamaryn, with a scattering of the dreamy synths synonymous with Beach House. Where Leonard Cohen pleaded with an audience to light a match, so he could see every individual sparkle like fireflies, each at their different heights, Harrison has turned the match into a Zippo, waves it a while and wonders why it has burnt out. We are given the internal perversions of a seemingly innocent Police track over a wonderful production including just the right amount of self-indulgence. After all the lyrical fluttering, we are left with an honest admonition of ignorance, and – if it’s responsible for the creation of this otherworldly ambience – long may it last.
Listen to the track via. SoundCloud here.