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Ripley Johnson

With Wooden Shjips and with Moon Duo, Ripley Johnson has made a few different flavors of way-out psychedelic rock. On his own, though, Johnson makes music that’s a whole lot more relaxed. Johnson’s project Rose City Band is a full-on solo project. On his Rose City Band records, Johnson plays almost every instrument. Next week, Johnson will release the new Rose City Band album Earth Trip, and it’s a beaut. Today, we get a very, very pretty new song from that album.

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As a member of both Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo, Portland warlock Ripley Johnson has a long history of making excellent way-out psychedelic rock. With Rose City Band, though, Johnson does something else. Despite its name, Rose City Band is almost entirely a solo project, with Johnson playing just about everything himself. On his two Rose City Band albums, Johnson has been making supremely chilled-out country-rock. It’s as stoner-friendly as the music that Johnson has made with Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo, but the vibe is all different. It’s soft, gentle sunlight-through-the-blinds music, and it’s really good.

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Ripley Johnson has carved out a niche in psychedelic drone and motorik repetition, helming Wooden Shjips, the long-running experiment in lysergic primitivism, and Moon Duo, likewise mind-expanding but slanted towards electronics. But a lifelong affection for classic rock and country and a newly reawakened appreciation for the seasons led him recently to form the new […]