Trent Reznor may be known as ‘the man who makes busy people look lazy’, yet even Mr. Nine Inch Nail might struggle to keep up with Andrew Johnson.
Having already released two albums in 2018 (his 14th solo album ‘Imaginary Perfect’ and Cherry Head, Cherry Heart’s pop-perfect ‘Tarred and Feathered’), Johnson returns with a new EP to further demonstrate his creative drive.
Kicking off the EP with a “correct” version of the title song (a “wrong” version was included on the ‘Imaginary Perfect’ record) we’re off with an upbeat, good time, pop-meets-rock sound.
‘Wrong Side of You’ maintains the EP’s mid-90s Britpop feel; bouncing along with a sound that combines the joyous style of Space with a McCartney-inspired popping bassline.
Demonstrating his ability to write in a variety of styles, Johnson uses the final two tracks of the EP to push his sound and experiment. ‘King of a Broken Scene’ is fascinating, with its use of psychedelic guitars, wistful lyrics and low in the mix vocals in a style reminiscent of the Stone Roses/’Butterfly-House’ era Coral.
Final track, ‘Lonely No Good’, saves the best, and simplest, tune to the end using just a piano, a solo vocal line and a unique narrative. Similar in feel to the Beautiful South’s ‘Song for Whoever’, you get the sense of a writer explaining some of their key defining moments in a structure which provides the right blend of silence and space needed when drawing attention to the lyrics.
Picasso once defended hard work, arguing that ‘Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working’. Mr. Johnson carries on working, carries on being inspired, and continues to inspire those who choose to listen.
Head to andrewjohnson1.bandcamp.com/album/wildest-wind-e-p to purchase the EP.