JOHN MORELAND – ” Birds On The Ceiling “

Posted: October 23, 2022 in MUSIC

Moreland with his new album “Birds in the Ceiling”, a nine-song collection that offers the most comprehensive insight into the thoughts and sounds swimming around in his head to date. A compelling blend of acoustic folk and avant-garde pop playfulness, “Birds in the Ceiling” lives confidently in a space of its own, enriched by tradition but never encumbered by it. The song writing that has stunned fans and critics alike since 2015’s “High on Tulsa Heat” remains potent, while the sonic evolution that unfolds on the record feels like a natural expansion of 2020’s acclaimed “LP5″.

The New Yorker, Pitchfork, Fresh Air, Paste, GQ, and others have embraced Moreland’s meditative songs, while performances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS This Morning, NPR Tiny Desk Concert, and more have introduced Moreland to millions. And yet, while the Tulsa-based Moreland is grateful for the respect and musical conversation he’s now having with people around the world, he is also more focused on the idea of just talking to one person––or even himself. “Through the years, I’ve felt like I’m increasingly talking to myself in my songs, more and more,” he says. “Maybe in the past, I wasn’t aware of it, but now, I am. I think doing that has helped me be less hard on myself, which makes you more generous and compassionate in general.”

Moreland’s songs do feel intimate––like overheard conversations or solitary meditations. “I want to talk one-on-one to someone in a song,” he says. “I don’t want to address a group, really, because I think that’s when it’s easy to start pontificating––and it gets less honest.”

released July 22, 2022

John Moreland: vocals, guitars, sampling/sequencing, mellotron. John Calvin Abney: pianos, mellotron, synths, ukulele, Bonnie Whitmore: bass guitars, double bass, cello, Matt Pence: drumset

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