Jethro Fox

FRESH: ‘Time Alone’ – Jethro Fox

Jethro Fox needs “Time Alone”

Alt-Pop, Indie-Pop

London based singer and songwriter Jethro Fox has just released his new single, “Time Alone”, eight years after his debut came, “Blinding Light”! “Time Alone” is a timescape, dreamy, atmospheric number that also has an early 90’s feel to it.

The song is definitely cinematic in scope and near-epic in production, you can be forgiven for thinking that you’ve heard in a car commercial already.

A former guitarist for Dan Croll and Elena Tonra, Jethro originates from Colchester. He is a LIPA graduate who has played his songs to Paul McCartney and spent one Summer recording guitars with Black Flag’s Bill Stevenson. Jethro went on to join Elena Tonra’s solo project, Ex:Re, in 2019 as live guitarist, reuniting him with former flatmate and drummer/producer Fabian Prynn. It proved to be a pivotal moment, as the two old friends produced “Time Alone” shortly after.

As Jethro explains: “The raw demo of ‘Time Alone’ had been kicking around for a while and I’d been chipping away at the arrangement in between touring. That’s where the lyrics came from – the strange isolation after a long time away and the feeling of disconnection. When Fabian picked up the demo and breathed new life into the song, it was pure catharsis – and the lyrics feel more relevant than ever”.

After taking an extended break from his own music and joining Dan Croll on tour across the USA as guitarist, Jethro went on to co-write “Must Be Leaving” on Dan’s debut album “Sweet Disarray” and collaborated with Dan on three songs from his follow up “Emerging Adulthood” (“One of Us”, “January” and “24”). This lead

Jethro adds: “I had so many wonderful experiences playing guitar with other bands, from performing on Jimmy Kimmel with Dan Croll to sharing a stage with Deerhunter in Tokyo. I’d always wanted to try my hand at my own stuff but I felt like I didn’t have an opportunity until now. ‘Time Alone’ is the first crack at that – hopefully it gives a taste of the other material to come”.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!