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Kings Of Leon And Mona Unite For Smoke & Jackal 'EP1'

Thursday, 23 August 2012 Written by Jon Stickler
Kings Of Leon And Mona Unite For Smoke & Jackal 'EP1'

Columbia Records have announced the upcoming release of 'EP1', the debut EP from Smoke & Jackal. The six-track collection is out on October 15th.

Image'EP1' marks the first collaboration between Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) and Nick Brown (Mona). Smoke & Jackal were revealed to the universe yesterday evening on Radio 1’s Zane Lowe who debuted the EP’s electrifying first single, 'No Tell,' officially declaring it to be the “Hottest Record in the World.” An accompanying video for 'No Tell' is currently in post-production, with a premiere date to be announced soon.

Followill and Brown began recording as Smoke & Jackal earlier this year, fuelled by multiple bottles of red wine and a shared fascination with timbre, rhythm, and aural adventure. They set to work at Brown’s Nashville home studio and before the first evening was through, the duo had crafted both 'No Tell' and the stunning psychedelic slow jam, 'Fall Around.' The two musicians immediately understood they had created something special, an evocative and original melding of oceanic rock with bottomless grooves and hypnotic dub textures. Just over one week later, 'EP1' was complete. Defined by Followill’s liquid bass lines and Brown’s soaring and expressive vocals, songs like 'Road Side' and the closing 'Safe Face' are both ingenious and accessible, their surprising soundscapes counterpointed by indelible melodies and haunting hooks.

“It was all about tone and vibe and what felt right in that moment,” Brown says. “Not second guessing, just having fun in that moment.”

“Coming together just worked,” says Followill. “I think it’s because we took such an easy approach to it, we didn’t bring any egos to it. We just talked about each other’s ideas, neither one of us got our feelings hurt. It just worked.”

'EP1' was produced by Smoke & Jackal, and engineered by Nick Brown. All songs were written by Smoke & Jackal. For more information, head to www.smokeandjackal.com.

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