In 2021 John Crouch (Caltrop, Solar Halos, Kerbloki) and John Harrison (Jphono1, North Elementary, Tacoma Park) found themselves living on the same street as neighbors and playing together in Jphono1. During weekly lunchtime dog walks with Bruce and George (the dogs) they began to hatch ideas and experiments based around some raw discarded drum tracks.
Paling Light (John Crouch) provided some old sessions of improvised drums, intended to be sliced up and looped by Jphono1 (John Harrison). Rather than edit any of it Jphono1 began constructing form and feel to the raw repetitive beats with guitar, keys and other sounds. Paling Light then added bass and keys and filled production duties, contextualizing the songs.
The resulting album “Arcing Phase To Phase” is representative of the living and working relationships between the two artists. It highlights the intersection of common and disparate interests, both used to accentuate and escape familiar territory.
Some pix and words from our recent "Rectify Mercy" album release show
over at concertaddicts.com
photos by Dan Kulpa
Indyweek Album Review
"Jphono1’s ‘Rectify Mercy’ Extends Psych-Rock Vignettes Into Joyful Meditations. Some of its atmospheric, dream-pop guitar runs and Byrds-esque harmonies might sound at home on the soundtrack to a modern-day remake of Easy Rider."
"The evening was opened by Jphono1, the artistic moniker of Carrboro NC-based John Harrison. With at least 15 releases under his belt, the prolific and criminally underrated Jphono1 played a set that pulled from across his varied influences, but seemed to focus mostly on fuzzy meditative folk-pop and rollicking psychedelia." - Concertaddicts.com
Photo by Dan Kulpa
Brand new video for the jam "Bright In All Forms"
off of the album "Parliament"
Companion albums "You Are Here To Be Around" Volumes 1 & 2 have joined forces and been mixed together for this Spotify playlist. It's a vibe...listen and share.
"You Are Here To Be Around" Volume 2
out Friday July 9th via Potluck
This is a companion album to
"You Are Here To Be Around" released November 2020
"Meditative songs like “Fade the Scene,” “Bright in All Forms,” and “Come on Through” are relaxed, gradually evolving guitar jams that combine Buffalo Springfield/CSN&Y canyon-rock with 13th Floor Elevators/Pink Floyd psychedelic, and hints of Ride/Antietam dreampop (and, on “Leaves Like Butterflies from Slow Clap to Applause,” krautrock, prog, free jazz, and funk), with Harrison’s irregular, soulful vocals acting almost as hypnotic shading."
The Big Takeover Magazine "Parliament" Review
“There's a lot of, for lack of a better word, ‘jammy’ parts on this record,” Harrison said. “That is a little more difficult to do when you're doing it remotely, but the guys I was working with are incredibly talented. I feel like when I listen to that stuff it sounds like we're in a room playing together, which I'm proud of.”
The complete Daily Tarheel interview here.
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Listeners will discover the album’s most straightforward arrangements on the titular “Here to Be Around,” as well as on “The Wolves That Raised You,” “Shake,” and “Turning to Sky.” The twists and turns that Harrison takes to arrive at these tracks are what makes the record so enjoyable. With its haunting woodwinds and cacophonous percussive hits, “Cycles and Circles” feels ripped from an early ’90s “Drums/Space” take from a Grateful Dead set. “Dirty Drums” is a two-minute jaunt into fervid psych-rock. “Peyote Brunch,” meanwhile, is a quick peek into gassed-up free jazz.
Here is the first song/video
from the album via Indyweek.
"Turning to Sky" has that vulnerable fragmentary feel, as Jphono1's incantatory fingerpicking soften into a refrain about the world being on fire—though the rippling stream, and ease of the warm psychedelics would have you feeling otherwise. It's a blurry confluence of sound and content, but one with depth—and one that, like a current, sweeps you up and carries you.
Listen to podcast interview here
Love and Gratitude for our Potluck family
Read all about it here
Jphono1 in the New York Times talking about his neighborhood and how they came together for a pandemic birthday cookout.
Be safe be smart be good ya'll.