Antique Sadness

by Johnny Coley

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Taylor Rouss To me, Johnny is hilarious. A complete observer of Southern culture. His musings involve familiar streets, friendship, a case of beer. It's like listening to a family friend ramble on about anything and you're just so delighted to hear what they have to say and how they say it. Favorite track: Teenage Lipstick Horses.
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hocvspocvs this album is like eavesdropping on a weird uncle explaining a lifetime of lost weekends to unsuspecting strangers at the local coffee shop. Favorite track: Two Fragments.
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Golden Light 01:06
Hydrangea 02:13
Cloud Words 02:37


With a strange ensemble of instruments setting an ambiguous mood, Johnny Coley delves into the saltwater pool of his mind to extract lucid observations that drip like surreal front porch gossip. With a drawling voice equally poignant and comic, Johnny's experimental storytelling unfolds like an old familiar blanket...musty and stained with various bodily fluids...a map of time, pleasure and disintegration. The music surrounding his verbal riffing is made by an array of off-beat combos: two banjos and a transistor radio screeching and braying in a field, amplified chalkboard paired with upright bass and mysterious German electronics, a brushed snare gently sizzling with harp and pyraharp. Johnny Coley & crew keep things loose, unpredictable and juicy.

"...tracks like “House I was Born” have an interesting contrast between the more dreamy, reflective tone of the backing music and Coley’s amusing turn of phrase, all of which is elevated by his unique cadence that falls somewhere between Robert Ashley, David Wojnarowicz, and Intersystems. Pretty wild that it’s taken so many years for Coley to have recorded an album like this, as Antique Sadness displays a type of southern avant psychedelia that I could see a number of ‘heads’ getting behind"
-Free Form Freakout, KMSU 89.7FM, Mankato, MN

"This year seems like an impossible one to decide on a hard favorite, but this album contains some of the most profoundly moving and singular recordings I could ever imagine.....exquisitely haunting, sublime, hilarious, stunningly beautiful reflections, one after another. Albums like this make me think that maybe perfection is attainable after all, if you approach it gently but confidently enough."
-Jen Powers, Aural Thicket, WCRS 92.7FM, Columbus, OH


released June 24, 2021

Johnny Coley: voice + words
LaDonna Smith: banjo + keys
Jimmy Griffin: percussion
Brad Davis: electronics
Lizzie Little: harp
Jasper Lee: pyraharp + banjo + guitar
Jess Marie Walker: flusdrawxing + flusvoxing
Brent Stauffer: upright bass

Recorded & Mixed in East Lake, B'ham, Alabama
& at Sequana in July 2018 by Jasper Lee

Mastered by Eli Winograd at Lone Pine Road Studio


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