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Limited Edition 12" Vinyl
Record/Vinyl + Digital Album
Vinyl edition of Johnny Coley's debut album "Antique Sadness". Includes extensive liner notes booklet with additional art and text. This album is being released as a companion piece to a new book of Coley's poems, "Suggests Nightfall" being released simultaneously.....Get 'em both!
Includes unlimited streaming of Antique Sadness
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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 May 1, 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
supported by 11 fans who also own “Antique Sadness”
Beautiful synth-keyoard driven jazz with a cerebral atmosphere that's natural and artistic, as well as simply comforting to one's soul even as it challenges you, the listener, to open your ears. Maybe even your eyes, too. I select Sunrise on Pruhina as my favorite track, but really, it's all about "Goldilocks". A fave of 2021!!! Matthew Flores