PotLuck is proud to release Jphono1’s newest collection of sounds and songs as the album Know Your Clouds.
Recording songs in the ramshackle-3D-foaty style of the highly acclaimed debut Living is Easy, Jphono1 explores new elements in sounds and arrangements with a cohesive focus on his sophomore release. The introduction of drums, piano, and fuzzed out electric guitars help to ground many of the songs without stitching up frayed edges. Fragments of electronics, acoustic guitars, and keys join what at first resemble straight-forward compositions, only to break apart into an acid induced haze. This is a great trip of a record.
In various studios around Chapel Hill, NC, Jphono1 collaborated with friends Corey Pallon (recorded Living is Easy), Mark Edwards (My Dad is Dead) and Nick Petersen (Bon Iver, Caltrop) to record, mix and often times play on Know Your Clouds. Further contributions by Sara Bell (Sharkquest) and Sean Parker (North Elementary) make this the most collaborative effort Jphono1 has presented yet. We know you’ll enjoy it.
Jphono1 excels at combining traditional songwriting
with noisier landscapes. He blends acoustic guitar and
banjo with whirring synths, droning organs and
programmed beats to create mellow tunes that could
complement a sunny drive or a rainy day indoors.
John Harrison is no ordinary singer-songwriter. To the
guitar-vocal base he adds a galaxy of other sounds,
from banjos and harmonicas to synthesizers, ambient
recordings, various percussion instruments, and who
knows what else. These instruments and sounds form
some kind of intricate but low-key space junk orchestra.
The effect on the album generally is to create a tone
that suggests Major Tom before things started going
wrong for him, a kind of space cowboy utopia in which,
yeah, okay, I will go and reposition the sun, and I will tell
Experimental folk…In other words, it’s awesome,
bearded, innovative, folksy, electronic goodness that the
world needs more of. Grounded in twangy guitar plucks
and breezy vocals, Jphono1′s physical instruments are
constantly at odds with an electronic landscape of
abstract synthesizers and playful samples. The sum of it
is an aberrant sound that’s a lot of fun to explore.