Best South Florida Music 2011: John Ralston - Shadows of the Summertime
|Cover design by Jacob Kaplan; photo by Monica McGivern|
As the story goes, the LP was recorded with Michael Seaman over a span of five days in a strip plaza church turned recording studio, Listen Up! Studios in in New Orleans. Seaman also produced the album with David Vandervelde, of Secretly Canadian and Wilco fame.
A standout lyric from track number six, Pretty Little Heart, examines the fleeting nature of emotions. (This is, more or less, the overarching theme of the entire album.) As a galloping guitar leads up to the reveal, Ralston sings, "I fought with hope and faith and trust, before I ever came to love."
The LP is aptly titled, keeping a sonic foothold in summery sounds. It conjures images of driving through the countryside on a sunny day, windows down with a hand out just to feel the fleeting breeze pass through your fingertips. Just for a moment, all that matters is feeling a glimpse of beauty.
Kramer, legendary musician and producer of such talents as Daniel Johnston, and Will Oldham, has said, "I love this LP. It's just beautiful."
Our feelings, exactly.
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