Sound Data Music Evaluations: Decelerate with the Rose Metropolis Band

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Sounds novelty of the week:

Rose City Band – world tour

The latest project from underground psych legend Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo) returns with a third album in three years and is another airy, rural piece of summer psychedelia.

The stars of the show here are the blurry pedal steel guitar that blows across most of the tracks and Johnson’s gorgeous guitar lines that effortlessly unfold from his instrument.

Time seems to slow down when you put on one of the Rose City Band’s albums, and Earth Trip is no different, with lyrical themes such as stillness, space and time, appreciating nature, home and your surroundings.

Johnson was inspired to write about it after canceling his extensive tour plans for the past year.

The band’s first two albums are big favorites on Sound Records, so this release has been eagerly awaited by us over the past few months.

by Ed Oldham

Sound carrier selection of the week:

Wailers and U-ROY – My Cup Runneth Over

50 years ago U-ROY took the Jamaican music scene by storm.

U-ROY recently returned to reinterpret some of the iconic Wailers tracks Lee Perry recorded in the early 1970s.

The LP My Cup Runneth Over, which unfortunately passed away at the beginning of the year, was an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2021 and was to be U-ROY’s last project.

Together with the American producer and Jamaican record label giant Doctor Dread, he brought himself into a Kingston studio and recorded 14 tracks in four hours (all freestyle, of course).

The result is a melting pot of four of the greatest icons of 1970s Jamaican reggae and a triumphant celebration of that era.

by Owen Atkinson

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