Golden Retriever and Chuck Johnson share single “Sage Thrasher”, new album Rain Shadow out May 15th

May 3, 2020

Golden Retriever and Chuck Johnson share new single “Sage Thrasher”:

New album Rain Shadow out digitally May 15th, LP in stores June 19th

Ahead of the May 15th release of Rain Shadow, their debut collaboration together, Golden Retriever and Chuck Johnson have shared the single “Sage Thrasher”. The 13-minute epic marks a turning point in the album, as bass clarinetist Jonathan Sielaff’s increasingly distorted winds guide Johnson and synthesist Matt Carlson towards an overwhelming deluge of sonic tension and release.

Rain Shadow is the work of three singular musicians as discerning as they are inventive. The dynamic and titanic pieces are made all the more potent through their deft balance of restraint and willingness to dive headfirst into the unknown. Together, Golden Retriever and Chuck Johnson harness the sound of totalities, effortlessly slipping between breathtaking musical panoramas.

The four longform pieces that comprise Rain Shadow were devised entirely remotely. In contrast to the album’s harmonious sound, each member of the trio tracked their performance separately from one another – Johnson from his home studio in Oakland, CA, and Sielaff and Carlson each in their Portland, OR homes. Previous Golden Retriever albums used their live performances as a reference point for arranging ideas. Rain Shadow’s collaboration instead grew from members introducing a simple idea, as if posing a musical question which the others would respond to with recordings of their musical reactions. After compiling the musical dialogue for each piece, Golden Retriever and Chuck Johnson selected two songs each to arrange and mix. Through the trio’s meticulously detailed methods, openness as players and shared vision, this seemingly disjointed process instead gave rise to invigorating new avenues of creativity.

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