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Judah Johnson
Judah Johnson
Flameshovel Records


A few years ago, Daniel Johnson moved to Detroit and met up with freelance musicians Charles Koltak and Zach Roberts, with whom he formed Judah Johnson. After initially practicing as a trio, they recorded a demo, added Brian Pierson as second guitarist and Nate Cavalieri as keyboardist, played their first live shows, and have now released their first effort, this self-titled EP.

The EP is well-crafted and lovely at moments, monotonous and mind-numbingly boring at others. Judah Johnson utilize a clever blending of good production and lo-fi fun, uniquely distorted drums, and just a few spacey guitar and keyboard effects to take listeners on a slow-paced, melancholic ride, with each of the six tracks blending into each other in a well thought out fashion.

Things start off with a considerable amount of promise. Both of the opening two tracks, "The Silent Treatment" and "Fortunecookie," are excellent, soft-spoken pop numbers, showing influences ranging from Radiohead to Jeff Buckley. As soon as your hopes soar high, however, they are dashed to bits by "Tongue Kiss On Ecuador." The droning and lethargic guitars and keyboards, backed by a beat that could easily lull you to sleep, runs for well over seven minutes, several of which are entirely unnecessary and could easily be removed without causing the quality of the song to suffer. It takes far too long to get moving, and far too long to finish up, causing what comes in the middle to come off as rather uneventful.

"Tele Viv" livens things up a little bit, snapping you out of the slumber that was induced by the previous track, but then comes "The Thinker," which has the potential to be beautiful, if only it didnít suffer from the same negative qualities as "Tongue Kiss On Ecuador," and didnít drag on for seven minutes. The EP closes with "Feelings For Skin," a tune that lasts just over two minutes, sounds like it was recorded in a closet, and barely qualifies as a song. It could have possibly worked as a quirky, attention-grabbing opener, but as the closer, it leaves you with nothing but a sour taste in your mouth.

ó Eddie Fournier

Track Listing:

  1. The Silent Treatment
  2. Fortunecookie
  3. Tongue Kiss On Ecuador
  4. Tele Viv
  5. The Thinker
  6. Feelings For Skin

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