Above: Calvin Johnson checks the mail.
It was a long time coming. Calvin Johnson began recording with the folks from Hartle Road at their Pompeii Studio in Columbus, Mississippi in early 2016. Several sessions later the ensemble emerged with Gallows Wine [KLP290], an experiment in tuff sounds from underneath the radar. It's scrambled power pop with a side order of electric banana. What that means is, a triumph of gut bucket crash pop and guitar-laden music sustaining life on other planets: an otherworldly collection of soundz and fragments of toe-tapping goodness. you dig?
Above: Tyler Carter lays down baritone sax on "Here Comes" at Pompeii, Columbus, Mississippi.
Above: Dylan Van Zile, Alec Hawkins and Toby Hartleroad work out arrangements for Gallows Wine [KLP290] on the front porch of Pompeii Studio, Columbus, Mississippi.