January 10, 2018 Johnny Jewel shares opening title track off new LP ‘Digital Rain’
JOHNNY JEWEL follows up one of our favorite albums of 2017 — the Twin Peaks featuring Windswept — with another solo, instrumental full-length (still holding out hope for Dear Tommy) Digital Rain, out later this month on Italians Do It Better. In a press release Johnny describes the record as “a mirror image of itself designed to play as a singular liquid movement.” In a longer statement, he shares the following:
“After living a few years in a desert climate, I realized I was nostalgic for the constant presence of precipitation from every city I once called home. The sound of hail ricocheting off my roof in Houston…. The floods crashing in from the Gulf of Mexico that would destroy my mother’s house three times…. The constant kiss of drizzle on the streets of Portland, and the morning rain against the windshield of Trimet city bus number 15 that I would ride home after recording all night…. The snow buried row houses of Montreal where my daughter was born, and the rhythmic feel of ice cracking under my boots for six months straight.
The desert is constant, and I love this repetitious ritual of Los Angeles so much. As moisture and humid weather seem more and more like a dream I once had or a fading memory of the places I fell in love with…. I wanted to make a record without drums, without lyrics, vague in form. Each track morphing and eclipsing the next like the ever-changing movement of clouds obscuring the moon.”
Watch a neon-lit, Daniel Fickle-directed video for the dreamy, glowing title track below: