“Rectify Mercy” Album Release Show
John Harrison has been in something of a sustained period of creative and eclectic output via his shape-shifting outfit, Jphono1. This time John Harrison has rejoined with his current rhythmic collaborators, John Crouch (Caltrop, Solar Halos, Kerbloki) and Jimmy Thompson (Randall Brice Bickford, North Elementary), for his fourth record in the span of two years and first of 2022 “Rectify Mercy”.
“Rectify Mercy” is the spiritual successor to 2021’s “Parliament”. In moments, however, it incorporates some of the textures of the “You Are Here To Be Around” volume 1 & 2 albums. These sounds are more often created through unique effect manipulations, however, than synth explorations. Album opener “Let Us Let Go” features a riff and solo section with a guitar all but transmuted into a harmonica, and other moments of the album explore how far you can morph a six-string while still finding anchors in classic psych-rock stylings
While many of the song’s structures lean towards turn of the century jam and their tie-dyed forebears, there are other influences not so far below the surface. “That Ghost is Best” twists a Youngish intro and bridge around a dream pop verse, and then bends into an Elephant 6 outro bolstered strongly by Brett Harris’s guest harmony. “Good Run Roscoe” begins in media res propelled by a motorik pattern destined to send this liquid light show down a winding road into the setting sun. There are moments where you can almost hear motorcycles zooming past you on 54 west of Chapel Hill, NC.
At under 33 minutes across seven tracks Rectify Mercy is a relatively compact collection, and many of the songs are “short” by Jphono1 standards. Despite almost half clocking in under 4 minutes, however, John and company have a hypnotic way of stretching time. This temporal sorcery combined with genre bending and mindful sonic exploration make “Rectify Mercy” a record ready to stand up to repeated listens this season.
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