New Year Ninety 2017 – 80 to 71

As is often the case some of those in the chart are no longer playing – but I would like to thank all musicians, whether sending me through material or ever being featured for doing what you do and making the world a better place.

80 to 71 in the New Year Ninety.

Until April - New Year Ninety 2017

Until April

80. Jonathan (Croatia)

Bliss is available on bandcamp

79. Until April (Ireland)

78. For Tracy Hyde (Japan)

Film Bleu – For Tracy Hyde is available on iTunes.*

77. Caitlin Glennon (USA)

Separate Grooves – Caitlin Glennon is available on iTunes.*

76. Apes (Australia)

Helluva – EP – APES is available on iTunes.*.

75. March (Netherlands)

Stay Put is available on bandcamp

74. énée (France)

Tricky World – Enee is available on iTunes.*

73. The Blue Collars (England)

Happy Pills – Single – The Blue Collars is available on iTunes.*

72. Kjartan Bue (Denmark)

71. Snowball ii (USA)

? – Snowball II is available on iTunes.*

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Jonathan from Rijeka in Croatia is the indie rock quintet of Zoran Badurina Ziro (Vocals), Branko Kovačić Husta (Drums), Nikica Jurjević Nixon (Bass), Darko Petković Rade (Guitar) and Tomislav Radinović Tomo (Guitar).

Jonathan - indie rock from Croatia


Experienced and seasoned musicianship sears out of the speakers as Jonathan deliver a refreshed and up-beat version of indie-rock. Although well produced and smartly delivered, there is none of the cynicism that lays within much of the music produced by many musicians with experience behind them, as the enthusiasm of a band newly out of the gates spills across the room.

The listener is left with compositions that spark a positive flow of energy through the head, as Jonathan, whilst not ignoring the realities of the world around don’t dwell on it, rather looking optimistically towards the future. That isn’t to say the quintet can’t deliver sounds with a more brooding presence, but even in those moments it is not an oppressive cloud as they find the glimmers of brightness shining through the darkness.

Were they not based in Croatia I am fairly certain Jonathan would have a far higher profile, as the music transcends geographic location while extending a catchy positivity to the audience. Their latest release, the twelve track – just under an hour long Bliss – (which is available on bandcamp) being a particular pleasure.

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