My summer of 2020 has certainly been brightened by Ripley Johnsonsolo project by Pink City Group and his album Summerlong and I’m not talking about the sunset orange colored vinyl I bought, although it was a nice touch. In his review of this 2020 release (also featured in Lost in Transmission No 57), Bob Fish was equally moved by the light – “Ripley Johnson’s Rose City Band are still able to provide the soundtrack for old and new generations of cosmic travelers. With Summerlong, he proved that even in dark days, there is always hope for rebirth within reach.
We have another cosmic journey to enjoy with land journey, which is slated for release on May 21 via Thrill Jockey. We can expect recurring themes – nostalgia for summers spent in the company of friends to new meditations on space, stillness and the splendor of the natural world.
The album’s first single “Lonely Places” captures the joy and freedom of getting lost in nature, an ode to the wealth of natural beauty of the West Coast, as well as the importance of appreciating the spaces. wild and open. On the song, Johnson says: “When it all stopped and I was no longer in constant motion, traveling all the time, I had so much time to really think about the place. And really experience being in one place for a long time. I was kind of stuck in a rural area for a while in late summer, mostly camping. But I found it so nourishing to be in nature all day, to sleep when It was dark, waking up to the sun. Swimming outside. It was lonely and sad, but also joyful and invigorating.
Recorded primarily at his home in Portland and mixed by Cooper Crain (Damn Bajas, Cave), the songs on land journey make skilful use of space through their lean, guest arrangements by Barry Walker shimmering steel pedals, open and elongated guitar melodies and direct and intimate vocals. Land travel The first LP pressing will feature die-cut deluxe packaging with 4-color printing on the outside and inside of the jacket, also with a fully illustrated thick cardstock printed inner sleeve and variants limited colors. Limited packages include special Rose City Band bags, rolling papers and stickers.