ONE WE MISSED: Rose City Band, Summerlong (Thrill Jockey/digital outlets)

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ONE WE MISSED: Rose City Band, Summerlong (Thrill Jockey/digital outlets)
Quite how this delightful, gently psychedelic country-rock album went past us in the middle of the year is a mystery, especially when the man helming it is Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo.

But right from the opener Only Lonely – which stands at the midpoint of the Byrds' Wasn't Born to Follow/Ballad of Easy Rider and Neil Halstead's Sleeping on Roads album -- this second RCB album enchants with its rolling guitars and understatement (the whispery Empty Bottles) right through to the double header segue of Wee Hours (think a very polished Clean) with the sublime Wildflowers.

With digressions into a softly-spoken Dylan mid-Sixties (Real Long Gone) and Flying Nun's indie-pop of the Eighties given a country-rock twist (Morning Light). 

There is such shimmering beauty here on what is essentially a Johnson solo project that had we heard it even just a fortnight ago it would have been in our Best of Elsewhere 2020 list.

Pure, positive and emotionally uplifting music – under an appropriate album title -- at a time when we need more of it.

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You can hear this album at Spotify here


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Allan - Dec 16, 2020

I hear JJ Cale in a number of tracks

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