Philip Jonathan – “I, Hope”


“I, Hope” is a consuming new track from Philip Jonathan, the Northumberland-based artist’s second single. Gentle piano touches amidst trickling acoustics comprise an enthralling beginning amidst lush vocals. The “I was raised,” vocal rise sends chills with added fervency amidst the instrumentation, bolstered by a cinematic, sweeping momentum. “Where shall I go?” he repeats during a particularly engaging section, followed by intense string pulsations. “I, Hope” is a riveting success from Philip Jonathan, who notes finding inspiration from early Ben Howard.

Jonathan elaborates more on the track, below:

‘I, Hope’ is a song that imagines hope as a person, exploring the story of someone’s relationship with disappointment from the perspective of hope. “The idea for this song came after reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, which offers insight into our own struggles with our inner demons. I wondered what hope would say to us if it were a person in relationship with us – would it be offering empty or superficial platitudes? Would it be bitter if (and when) we leave it for disappointment? Or would it say something else?”

“I, Hope” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of July 2021’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Folk.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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