Review: Making Time by Jamie Woon
Night-time soul is a road less travelled on the contemporary music scene. That’s not stopping Jamie Woon from diving head first into the genre for his hushed comeback though.
Born to a Malaysian Chinese father and Scottish mother, the man’s arrival in 2011 was laden with high expectations. He never quite delivered them.
Debut album Mirrorwriting – while it had its moments of brilliance – suffered from a lack of originality. It was a neither-here-nor-there kind of situation; one that finally plunged the man into obscurity as the likes of James Blake and Jessie Ware rose to prominence.
But as far as redemption is concerned, Making Time looks poised to deliver just that. That sentimental after-hours template sounds much more centered on Woon’s sophomore release.
There’s a marked absence of that woozy electronic undercurrent that glazes over his previous studio offering. In its place, is an emphasis on minimal melodies and strong harmonies.
The muted groove of the craftily restrained Celebration is a triumphant climax of that brand new sound. Woon’s comeback goes to show that absence – more than just making the heart grow fonder – also fosters artistic vibes.
Jamie Woon’s splendid sophomore.