Boomkat Product Review:
Emerging from the shadows of Piano Magic, the band's founder and frontman Glen Johnson presents his very first solo album. The prolific group formed in 1996 and have since released some 12 full-length albums, so this first departure from Johnson's main thread of work certainly comes relatively late into his career. A fresh group of players have been assembled for these recordings, including Leaf Recordings' Phelan Sheppard, Willard Grant Conspiracy string player Josh Hillard, and more familiar collaborators Jerome Tcherneyan of Piano Magic and Angele David-Guillou of Klima. As suggested by the presence of these long-term accomplices there's plenty of continuity in Johnson's music here from his prior recordings, though some of the electronic vim has been replaced by a more introspective mode of writing, as manifested splendidly on the desolate 'Desiderata' and standout cut 'My Horror Mask'. Elsewhere the Nick Cave-like creepiness of 'Late Caller' stands out thanks to elaborate Spanish guitar figures and gloom-piercing melodica, and there are shades of Ian Curts about 'A Pause In The Night'. Despite all this sombreness 'Details Recorded' and 'I Know You Know My Name' let in some brighter tones, embracing colourful synthesizer sounds and supplying a little light to go with all that shade.