Spacecase Records (SCR004)
"Whisper Mountain" b/w "Everything's Gone Grey" is the latest release from self-proclaimed trash poet, novelist and songwriter John Wesley Coleman.
John Wesley Coleman is a member of Austin's The Golden Boys. Coleman gained underground recognition for his incredible solo debut LP, Steal My Mind (2009). The record was a lo-fi gem—reminiscent of Lou Reed's solo albums, The Television Personalities' catalog and Alex Chilton's late '70s releases. When not playing with The Golden Boys, Coleman continued to release solo material, for both Permanent Records (Bad Lady Goes to Jail) and seminal Memphis label Goner (The Last Donkey Show). Coleman's toured multiple times under his own name—with or without the support of a band. "Whisper Mountain" b/w "Everything's Gone Grey" finds Coleman continuing in his lo-fi ways (the B side was recorded in a kitchen), this time backed up by his new group: bassist Geena Spigareli and drummer Yamal Said.
The "Whisper Mountain" b/w "Everything's Gone Grey" 7-inch is the fourth release from Camarillo, California-based Spacecase Records.
Here is a nice little 7-inch that we discovered during our Austin travels. It is the new release from self-proclaimed trash poet, novelist and songwriter John Wesley Coleman. He is a member of Austin’s The Golden Boys but this solo outing finds him backed up by bassist Geena Spigareli and drummer Yamal Said.What appeals to me here is Coleman’s lo-fi approach to his music. Simple and clean. The A-side, “Whisper Mountain”, is a flowing jingle of a track that was recorded back in 2011. Coleman’s voice is very similar to Adam Green (The Moldy Peaches) and this track features the duet vocals of Gladys Dahmen. It leaves you with a good feeling as you flip over to the B-side “Everything’s Gone Grey”. This song was recorded in a kitchen earlier this year and finds Coleman’s vocals very lo-fi and almost like he is in a tunnel. The track is an upbeat hand clapper on acoustic guitar and will make you wish there was another song. The jacket here is an art filled cardboard cover that folds over like a book to hold the record. The 45 rpm wax is on a standard black. You can still find one at Spacecase Records.
--Christopher Anthony, The Fire Note