Jon Campbell is an american singer-songwriter and visual artist based in Berlin. His music brings together threads of indie-folk, singer-songerwriter and alt-country with a powerfully honest expression of his homosexuality.
“Francis”, released 12. April, 2019, is the debut single from Jon’s forthcoming LP ‘Sirens’, out 20. September, 2019. The accompanying stop-motion animation was painted and directed by Campbell himself, made over a 6-month period and comprised of over 1,000 photos.
“Francis showcases Jon’s subtleties and vulnerability as a songwriter. For me personally, it was that feeling of deep sincerity that made the biggest impact – it can be heard in his music, in his voice and it’s conveyed in his paintings. His ability to convey his deepest emotions in music and on canvas is quite startling and unforgettable.”
“Francis is about duality and reconciliation,” says Berlin-based Campbell. “Between my inner child and higher self, ego and shadow self – it is also about transient identities; how one object can cast many different shadows, depending on the source of light.” He adds “I’ve always felt uncomfortable exhibiting my paintings; frustrated by the incongruence between my own affinity with a painting and the public’s ability to see just the surface. ‘Francis’ is an invitation to go beneath the surface of a painting – to hear what’s underneath it, and to see inside of a song.”
"Jon Campbell’s paintings have an innocent, child-like sensibility… Campbell crafts songs that remind me of Jonathan Richman and the The Modern Lovers. His music as well as his paintings have a charming, slackerish affect, conveying the dreams and fantasies of a global flâneur."
"oscillating somewhere between Johnny Cash-like country trot laced with the black humour of Magnetic Fields"
“About a Boy is a charming, personal record. Jon mixes the styles of American country and the chilled electro vibes of Berlin’s club scene to create a unique hybrid of music. Spoiler alert... it's really good.”