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Jphono1 – Parliament (Potluck)

10 May 2021

Formerly the drummer in The Comas, and currently in indie rock quintet North Elementary and improvisational guitar/electronic duo Tacoma Park, Carrboro, NC’s John Harrison also makes solo albums as Jphono1. At 30 minutes, the six-song Parliament can be counted as his seventh LP (two billed with The Chevrons), but it’s miles different than 2020’s more experimental and ambient, 15-track You Are Here to Be Around. 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. Though recorded remotely with five other musicians, including North Elementary’s Jimmy Thompson on bass and Solar Halos/Horseback’s John Crouch on drums, their in sync playing always feels spontaneous and entrancing.

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“Fade the Scene”