Snippet: D.I.Y. – album review

Snippet – DIY (Rash Records)

DL/Cassette

Out Now

9/10

The most played artist in the history of 6 Music’s BBC Introducing, Snippet have just released a new album. Here’s our review.

Snippet is Johnno Casson. A London boy now calling Essex his home. A home he shares with an ability to write some of the catchiest songs you will hear this year and where he has written, recorded and produced an album of rather fine quality.

Opener, Let’s Talk About Us, has a real funky little groove going on throughout an incredibly catchy song. The chirpy, cheeky, cock-er-ney and his squeaky guitar deliver an instantly memorable hook with a warm, glowing voice and a bouncing melody. The sound of the summer.

What follows becomes a theme throughout the album where the it’s six ‘proper’ tracks are bound together by various interludes, often courtesy of Johnno’s children, often original and often funny. The first is the best telephone answering machine message I’ve ever heard. I’m even considering buying such a machine simply to put There’s A Bear onto it.

Also available as a limited edition cassette, like the mixtapes some of us made as kids, D.I.Y. captures a homemade feel that is very endearing. Johnno is clearly a very talented musician, but is also a superb songwriter mixing funk with folk and ska & creating sounds that are both uplifting and enjoyable.

Another great pop song in Come To My Party with a great wah-wah backing, delivered with style and prowess. “Ain’t you had enough of politicians” – behind the fun sounds are some quite incisive lyrics which probably reflect Johnno’s personality of family man with attitude. Absolutely Love is a funky little monkey of a track whilst the slower Gone To Ground shows another side to the album by telling the tale of one’s own death or departure and questions whether he is still needed around.

Much To Much is laid back and slightly hypnotic, whilst Celebration is bouncy, fun and probably one of the most infectious songs you will hear all year. Perfect pop. Closing with a reprise of Let’s Talk About Us we’re left in the wake of a fascinating album.

The Snippet website is here. You can follow Johnno on Twitter here or on Facebook here.

All words by Paul Scott-Bates. More of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be found here. Paul’s website is hiapop Blog. Paul has been working hard to save Radio Lancashire’s On The Wire, easily one of the best radio shows on the BBC. Follow him on twitter as @saveonthewire for all On The Wire news or follow his personal twitter, @hiapop.>

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