Saturday, July 18, 2020

New Jonathan Bree Album ‘After The Curtains Close’ Out Now

Jonathan Bree fans will be pleased to know that his fourth studio album 'After The Curtains Close’ is out now!

You can purchase it in all formats including Limited Edition 180gram Red Vinyl here.

The album features guest lead vocalists including Britta Phillips (Luna, Dean and Britta), Princess Chelsea, Crystal Choi (Phoebe Rings).

Below you can find a collection of singles Jonathan has been drip-feeding fans over the last year.

'Heavenly Vision' 

'In The Sunshine'

'Kiss My Lips'

'Cover Your Eyes'

'Waiting On The Moment'

Friday, February 14, 2020

New Jonathan Bree single 'Kiss My Lips'' featuring Princess Chelsea

Jonathan Bree has released a surprise new single today 'Kiss My Lips' featuring label-mate Princess Chelsea on lead vocals.

Jonathan's talents for writing for the female lead have not been so obviously on display since his work with The Brunettes.

We could go on about how it sounds like a secretly dark 60s pop song reminiscent of The Shangri La's but instead we thought we'd share some fun facts.

The song was recorded during the recording sessions of his last album Sleepwalking, and has been in somewhat of a time capsule since 2017.

The music video for the song was recorded on the same day as the filming of break-out Youtube hit 'You're So Cool' on location at Selwyn College in Kohimarama with help from students with lighting and set design.

Both the 'Kiss My Lips' and 'You're So Cool' music videos feature a number of New Zealand musicians hidden beneath the masks see if you can find your favourite - we will neither confirm or deny !

'Kiss My Lips' is from Jonathan's upcoming album 'After The Curtains' close due for release on April 24th.  Rumour has it there will be other featured guest vocalists in what is sure to be a very interesting release.

In the meantime head over to Jonathan's webstore to pre-order your copy of the album on limited red LP!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

*NEW* Jonathan Bree T-shirts

Our latest range of T-Shirts is now available via our new storefront on Teespring. We hope this will speed up delivery of orders and allow us to make a wider range of T-shirt designs available.

We've started off with the two latest Jonathan Bree designs:

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As we add upload new designs, we will add them here.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Jonathan Bree’s new music video, 'Waiting On The Moment'

Jonathan Bree has spent most of the year taking his band across Europe, the UK, and the US, even heading out further afield to new territories like South Korea and Mexico. For his new video, Jonathan Bree and "the family" took advantage of the fact that the band had a day off in the Ukraine to arrange a day of filming.

Yet, there was a great deal of last minute stress, when his drummer was held up due to factors beyond his control and couldn’t get to the Ukraine in time. This left Bree hurriedly training a local drummer on the day of their single show in the country and then getting the ring-in to appear in the video shoot the next day!

Fortunately the local show promoter helped ensure the rest of the shoot went off without a hitch - not only organising extra instruments to be delivered (including an upright piano), but also appearing in the video herself playing cello.


'Waiting On The Moment' examines a break-up by considering “the pain of revisiting places where a love you once knew had significance - in this case a karaoke bar.” Despite the subject matter, it’s an upbeat track with a slight 80s pop feel alongside Bree’s signature “bendy strings”, clicky bass, dulcitone and arpeggiated synth.

The song comes out at the start of another leg of show dates across the US and Europe, including slots at the Desert Daze and Levitation festivals in the US. We hope to make an announcement about Jonathan Bree's next album soon!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Jonathan Bree announces new tour dates across Europe and North America

Jonathan Bree and the family have been touring for most of this year in support of his breakthrough album, Sleepwalking. Now Bree has announced two new legs of his international tour, which will take the family across Europe (in September) and then on to North America (in October and November)! He's also playing Desert Daze and Levitation festivals.

These shows will also include a couple of new songs that Bree has been working on, which should be released later in the year. Don't miss his live show which Time Out Australia called "mesmerizing" and which also got a rave review from Joy Zine (UK) who said it was "easily one of the best gigs I’ve seen in a very, very long time."

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Scott Mannion gaining positive press - at opposite ends of the world!

Musical recording artist Scott Mannion in Chelva

Scott Mannion's new album, Loving Echoes, came out at the beginning of June and has already garnered a great response in the press, both in his current home of Spain and in his birthplace of New Zealand.

The biggest newspaper/news-website in New Zealand ran a long interview with Mannion that explained why his new album took so long and how he ended up recording it in Spain. Legendary NZ music writer, Graham Reid also published both a glowing review and interview on his website. Mannion also went track-by-track through the album for the 13th Floor website and he also talked to Under The Radar about Lil Chief Records pivoting towards Europe as a main focus (though Jonathan Bree also has a huge following in North America).

Radio stations across New Zealand also did pieces on the album, including Hauraki, Radio One, and RDU. Meanwhile, the state radio broadcaster ran an extended interview and gave it a glowing review on two of its shows - in the Song Crush segment Mannion's song 'Your Kinda Love' was highlighted with the host saying it "shows off Scott’s ear for a great pop melody", while reviewer Grant Smithies said the album was filled with "fascinating songs that look at relationships from unexpected angles."

Meanwhile in Spain, Beat Valencia interviewed Mannion and said they could hear in his music "echoes ranging from Brian Wilson and the Brill Building tradition to the most delicate indie of recent times" (translated). Early on, he also received great coverage in both the print and online versions of popular magazine, Ruta66. He was also interviewed by Valenga (a music blog from Valencia) and told them how living in Chelva influenced his music (for example, his decision to include a recording from a procession in San Antón on the album).

He was also covered in a broader piece about overseas musicians working in Valencia for El Pais.  Mindies, Culturplaza, El Giradiscos, Good2b, and Alacarta all covered the release too, while both Indie Nauta and Rock the Best Music gave it an 8/10 review.

Overall it's been a great response from two very different countries on opposite sides of the world, so hopefully the word of Mannion's music continues to spread across the world, especially with his single 'Your Kinda Love' now at half-a-million streams on Spotify alone!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Scott Mannion will (finally) release his new album "Loving Echoes" on June 7

Over a decade ago, Scott Mannion's last group The Tokey Tones came to an end, despite adoring write-ups in the New Zealand music press and a feature in local critic Grant Smithies book of best local albums. Now, after a series of false-starts in different cities across the world, Mannion has returned with his sophomore work, Loving Echoes.

Cover painting by Ben Lustenhouwer

Scott Mannion is a co-founder of Lil' Chief Records (Jonathan Bree, Princess Chelsea, the Ruby Suns) but is now living and recording in a small medieval town called Chelva, in the mountains outside of Valencia, Spain. A cult figure in the New Zealand alternative music canon, Loving Echoes is his first release in 15 years.

Scott Mannion won the hearts of critics in New Zealand with his first release in 2003 - two albums released simultaneously Caterpillar and Butterfly as part of the duo, the Tokey Tones, with Li-Ming Hu. Local critic, Graham Reid wrote  that the albums were "endlessly rewarding over time. The music itself has a sense of wonder and discovery, reinforced by seductive, often elementally simple, lyrics."

Mannion's live band featured other musicians like Jonathan Bree and Ryan McPhun (The Ruby Suns), both of whom went on to sign to Sub Pop Records. Meanwhile, Mannion's own career was stalled by ill health, moves between countries, the break-up of a long-term relationship, and a sudden decision five years into the process to scrap all his former work and start over (something that would happen more than once), driven by a self-described  'perfectionism to the point of mental illness.'

But now his follow-up is finally here! The album’s 10 tracks chronicle the timeline of an ill-fated relationship.  An older more weary brother to the Tokey Tones music, Loving Echoes is delicate, fragmented and painstakingly arranged. It is bold and ambitious like anything from obvious hero Brian Wilson but at the same time understated (think Young Marble Giants) with the tenderness and fragility of Sparklehorse.

Recorded between Chelva, Auckland, Oslo and Wales, many of Scott's old friends contributed. Ryan McPhun co-produced, Jonathan Bree provided bass lines, former Tokey Tones collaborator Li-Ming Hu contributed some keyboards, while Lawrence Arabia and Princess Chelsea contributed backing vocals and more. He also brought in some new Spanish collaborators including a string section, French Horn player and Catalan musician Clara Viñals, who duets with Scott on Somebody Else’s Dream and Your Kinda Love.

Loving Echoes will be released worldwide on June 7th - digitally, on limited edition 180g cream coloured vinyl and as a CD with 16 page booklet.

Preorders can be made now via Bandcamp:

or our webstore:

Last year Mannion also returned to the live stage - playing New Zealand's answer to Austin City Limits (Auckland City Limits). Recently he played to a sold out venue in Barcelona and he will soon be announcing a new run of shows, starting in early June playing with Lawrence Arabia in Barcelona and Valencia.

In the meantime, check out the music video for the first single off the album, Your Kinda Love, which has already racked up half-a-million streams between the various streaming platforms:

Loving Echoes track listing:

01 Smoke
02 Be Your Mine
03 Do It For You
04 Not Exactly Deep
05 Juniper Tree
06 Somebody Else's Dream (feat. Clara Viñals)
07 You Are the Substance That I Can't Live Without
08 We Should Never Forget How This Started
09 Your Kinda Love (feat. Clara Viñals)
10 9 Years