Richard Conway-Jones is a painter and musician who has been making records in his Twyford, England, home for over two decades. Renowned for his artwork, Conway-Jones is mostly known for his work as one half of The Marilyn Decade, a sprawling and gorgeous two-guitar band that released an album on Freek Records in 1995. He’s continued to write, record and release albums on his own, and here is an opportunity to hear a best-of compilation, with songs chosen by the artist himself.
Conway-Jones's method of production, and impressive output, places him in a rarified league populated by some of the most distinct musicians. He does not quite sound like R Stevie Moore, Jandek or Robert Scott, but there’s a line that connects him to all of the aforementioned. The Best of Richard Conway-Jones captures home-recording at its finest. Many songs are just guitar and his soft, nuanced vocals. Others have female vocal accompaniment, or a thick guitar distortion breaking in. The result is a musician unbounded by expectations, creating essentially beautiful songs from an intimate vantage point.