Thursday, September 6, 2012 , Updated 12:02 p.m., September 12, 2012
UPDATED: Denton musician Will Johnson releases Scorpion, first solo album in eight years
It was recorded in five days in an isolated area of Denton.
DENTON After sitting on the shelf for two years, Centro-Matic's front man Will Johnson is releasing his newest solo record, Scorpion. Although most of the album was written and recorded in just five days, Johnson chose to save the finished works for when he had adequate time to dedicate to it.
“It comes from a session where Matt Pence (Centro-Matic’s producer and drummer) and I got together for five days. I wrote most of it right then and there, in the studio and in the moment, so as to clearly document our time and experience in that week together. It may not be pristine, but it’s raw and it’s from the front of the brain,” said Johnson.
The 10-song record gave him the chance to explore some new territories; he set boundaries so he could test how far he could reach musically. The ambitious singer said that he restricted any use of a snare drum or cymbal on the album so he could attempt to “maintain a type of percussive energy without using the traditional pop or rock approach.” These limitations gave way to a more subdued effect that seems to mosey down the unpaved road at its own pace and hypnotizes the listener into a calming trance.
He also said the subject matter strayed from his usual material and focuses on isolation, immortality, family, and growing older – along with a few love songs for good measure. Scorpion isn't complete without a little help from his friends – Scott Danbom (keyboardist for Centro-Matic), Mikey Kapinus (Magnolia Electric Company), and Howard Draper (Okkervil River) – who stepped in on a few tracks during the recording process at the Echo Lab outside of Denton.
UPDATE: Grab a free download of "You Will Be Here, Mine," here. Or take a look at the video:
Will Johnson — “You Will Be Here, Mine” from new album Scorpion
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