Jon Middleton, Roy Vizer and Louis Sadava began releasing music under the Jon and Roy banner when they were in university. The Road Ahead Is Golden is their seventh album, a record with subtle tones but a purposeful message.
The Road Ahead Is Golden arrives at the perfect juncture for the trio, with motivation at an all time high and efficiency in the studio, the songs almost recorded themselves. “Doing it right then and there can often have a better result than if you think about it too much,” Middleton said.
Having made a career out of embracing the unexpected, The Road Ahead Is Golden meaning morphed over time as it did in its creation. The record was recorded at a small West Coast studio in Contrast to Greenhouse Studio’s in Vancouver, where 2015’s Riverside was recorded. The Road Ahead is Golden marks a return to organic operations for the group.
The trademarks of previous Jon and Roy releases include Middleton’s acoustic guitar and Vizer’s guardrail groove all in abundance on The Road Ahead Is Golden, but changes are evident. Vizer, a put congas back on the equipment list, and Middleton is joined by other voices including members of Current Swell on ‘The Better Life.’
There’s a simplicity to the music of Jon and Roy that makes what they do sound effortless. But nothing could be further from the truth.