ETHAN JOHNS & THE BLACK EYED DOGS VINYL NEW FOLK BLUES ROCK

ETHAN JOHNS & THE BLACK EYED DOGS VINYL NEW FOLK BLUES ROCK

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"Anamnesis" is the 4th Studio Album by acclaimed multi instrumentalist Ethan Johns. Recorded with his band The Black Eyed Dogs, the album is released as a double set on Vinyl on Ethan's own Three Crows Records label. Anamnesis is different for another reason too. The album will only be available as a physical release, taking a stand against streaming culture and the disservice it does to artists who are trying to make living from their music. The album begins, like many things do, with The Invitation, a swirling Hawkwind-esque instrumental and ends with The Wedding, skipping through a world of magic and mystery in-between. Recorded in the barn at the bottom of his garden over two weeks in the depths of last winter, Johns fourth LP sees him reunited with his long-standing band, who came together for what he calls "legitimately one of the best times I've ever had making a record." Though he might be an acclaimed, Brit Award winning producer, he handed over the reigns to the collective when it came to fine turning the album in the studio. "Everybody had a vital part to play," he explains. "I was blown away by the sense of community." Even his wife, who is lovingly credited as 'den mother' on the album sleeve, stepped in to lend a hand. Amongst the mysticism of Anamnesis - a word which Johns defines as "the loss of forgetfulness. I just love that idea - you can think about that forever!" - is a very real, grounded kind of storytelling. Here you'll find delicate, Townes Van Zandt-esque fiddle-laden tales of full moons and fireflies (The Road To Ever More), chugging recollections of riding the lightning (Runaway Train) and dreamy rememberings of moody pool halls and East LA (Lost In Time). Now for a man based in the wilds of Wiltshire, Johns' lyrical fascination with Americana might at first seem at odds with his current situation, but it all makes perfect sense reall