New and upcoming local music releases
By Kasha LishmanPosted Aug 15, 2012
Prologue: Ominous Introductions to the Deckard’s Guild
Edgeville Blank is the creation of Joshua James Johnson, a Louisiana native who produced his album, Prologue: Ominous Introductions to the Deckard’s Guild, in 2011 while living in Denver.
“Briarhook” begins the 12-track album quiet and innocent with only a keyboard tinkering softly, overlaid with Johnson’s minimal echoing vocals. But by the end of the second track, “Goodbye Edge High (Now Fix That Radio),” the keyboards become dissonant and broken while an unsettling sense of dread sweeps over. This is all but forgotten as intricate synthesizers take over in “First Felt Paintings,” driving the song until it transitions into simply titled “Beep Boop,” which is almost downright catchy with a simple beat and cheerful chorus. A simple love song, “The Porcupine Effect,” shows a different side of Johnson’s musical abilities, forgoing most of the previously heard electronic sound and giving the listener a more stripped-down folk sound. A bass instrumental marks the halfway point of the album, almost giving the ears a break before the second half of the album begins. Johnson incorporates a voice changer in “Vacant” – a short song that reminds me of a plea by a broken robot – and “Under the Stars and Above the Gas Tank,” which sounds almost like a throwback to the synth-pop romance songs of the 80s. Another heavily 80s influenced instrumental, “Zoinks” gives the listener another break before Johnson switches musical gears again with bubblegum-pop sounding “They Didn’t Tell Us We Were Ghosties.” The longest song on the album is “As Embers Burn,” which features no vocals whatsoever. Instead the listeners hears a diverse array of instrumentals, ranging from the accordion to the keys to a Güiro. The album wraps with “Woolgathering in Slumberland,” yet another instrumental that brings back the sense of innocence and blends with that impending sense of dread that was seen in the first two songs, practically bringing the album full circle.
The album as a whole has an upbeat sound featuring synthesizers, drum machines, and electronic tinkering with the occasional dashes of guitar. Johnson’s lyrics, on the other hand, reflect a sense of love and wanting, as well as touching on his stay in Denver. Reminiscent of Owl City, Johnson’s instrumentation is layered and detailed without feeling too cluttered or overwhelming the listener. Almost half of the songs on the album are under two minutes, producing a fast-paced musical ride full of keyboards and drum beats.
Edgeville Blank can be found on Facebook, and the album is available for free on Amazon.com
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