The Skygreen Leopards - Gorgeous Johnny

The Skygreen Leopards - Gorgeous Johnny
Album: Gorgeous Johnny
Duration: 34:35
Recording Date: 2009
Release Date: July 21, 2009
Artist: The Skygreen Leopards
Genre: Pop\Rock
Recording Location: Pan-American Studio
Styles: Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

With its combination of laid-back acoustics and psychedelic mumblings, Gorgeous Johnny is a soundtrack for lazy, hazy summer days. The Skygreen Leopards have trod this path before, coloring their avant-garde pop songs with banjos, homespun percussion, rickety harmonies, and other elements of folk music. Like the albums that preceded it, Gorgeous Johnny is similarly earthy and sepia-toned, but its 13 tracks also hint at the band's maturing ability to write a concise, clear-cut hook.

Where mood once reigned supreme, melody now resides, sharing equal space with the lo-fi polish that coats all Skygreen albums. "Goodnight Ana" combines British Invasion-styled whimsy with a syrup-slow tempo, "Dixie Cups in the Dead Grass" bounces along unapologetically, and "Johnny's Theme" eschews vocals entirely, relying on swirling organ and interwoven guitar lines to evoke a blissed-out, pastoral landscape. As before, founders Donovan Quinn and Glenn Donaldson are the album's chief architects, co-writing all the songs and handling multiple instruments in the process. Jason Quever also makes an appearance, having previously collaborated with the group during 2006's Disciples of California, and vocalist Elisa Ambroglio lends her voice to "SGL's, Et Al," a harmony-laden lullaby strengthened by a welcomely out of tune piano. Gorgeous Johnny may be too well crafted for the band's traditional-leaning fans, but its highlights are hard to resist.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Johnny's ThemeThe Skygreen Leopards2:11
MargeryThe Skygreen Leopards3:15
Dixie Cups in the Dead GrassThe Skygreen Leopards2:39
SGL's, Et AlThe Skygreen Leopards2:54
Can Go BackThe Skygreen Leopards2:02
Goodnight AnnaThe Skygreen Leopards3:08
Jehovah Will Never ComeThe Skygreen Leopards3:29
Gorgeous JohnnyThe Skygreen Leopards3:49
Inland TownsThe Skygreen Leopards2:52
Nine Car Train for FremontThe Skygreen Leopards0:22
Robber's LaceThe Skygreen Leopards1:59
If Our Love FailsThe Skygreen Leopards3:27
Paid by the HourThe Skygreen Leopards2:28

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