Holly Redford Jones’s “Affection” is a moving account of queer adolescence

Holly Redford Jones‘ new single, “Affection,” is out today.

Holly Redford Jones is a singer-songwriter from Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Last year, they released their debut EP Call Me When You Wake Up, a four-song collection of jazz and bossanova-inspired tracks whose lead single was played on BBC Radio 1. Now, Redford Jones is putting out a wildly different single, “Affection”. Boasting a radio-ready chorus adorned with handclaps and shimmering synths, “Affection” brings to mind the bright sounds of TOPS or Tennis. Unlike their previous work, this new single is Big Stage indie pop; in fact, it comes fresh off the heels of a busy summer that included a headlining slot at the Leadmill stage at Tramlines Festival in Sheffield.

“Affection” brilliantly encapsulates Redford Jones’s strengths as a songwriter. Beneath the song’s breezy guitar tones and ear-catching melody lies a wistful story about growing up queer in small-town England. Holly’s lyrics conjure up vivid and relatable scenes of adolescent years, the kind of seemingly small episode that ends up lingering in your memory. A song about a teenager out of place at a school disco, “Affection” will particularly resonate with fans of Lucy Dacus’s chronicles of formative queer experiences.

Holly Redford Jones will celebrate the single’s release with a London gig in Hackney’s Paper Dress Vintage on November 28th.