Published Jan 10, 2018Following last year's stellar pseudo-Twin Peaks soundtrack Windswept, Johnny Jewel has announced a new solo album. The record is called Digital Rain and will see release on January 26 via Italians Do It Better.
The album was recorded in famed Joshua Tree, CA, and later mixed in L.A. According to Jewel, "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."
In a statement, Jewel elaborates, saying this about his new album:
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.
For a taste of this all, you can watch a new video for the album's title track below, where you'll also find the album's tracklist.
1. Digital Rain
2. Black Pyramid
3. The City of Roses
4. Double Exposure
5. The Runner
6. Air Museum
9. What If?
10. The Windscreen
11. Mirror Image 12 Liquid Lucite
14. Ship of Theseus
15. La Ville de Neige
16. Seven Corners