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Outside A Small City

by John Davis

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Mobile Homes 02:36


This album originally came out in a limited vinyl edition of 100 via the Italian label Almost Halloween Time Records. It was a side project suggested by AHT as a way to bring something unique to sell at shows during a 10 day European tour I did with Mike Ladd in the spring of 2019. It's been remastered for digital and streaming distribution via Inundation Records here in July of 2020.

All of the song titles refer to common sights I see while walking around my neighborhood, a semi-rural buffer zone in between the small cities of Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I bought a house out here because it's a great place to have a home studio - neighbors being at enough of a distance that aren't noise complaints to deal with. At the same time, having grown up in a bigger city, it feels a bit odd to have this kind of relationship to space.

The vinyl version of this album, like all of Almost Halloween Time's LP releases, has a different hand painted cover for each copy. All of them connect to the song titles, and/or the general theme/vibe of the locale. I'm uploading different paintings for the overall album and the individual tracks here on Bandcamp, so with the digital edition you get a glimpse of 12 virtual paintings instead of a single real one. They're all by Luigi Falagario. My thanks to him.

We sold out of the copies we received here at Inundation, but as of this posting, AHT still has some left via their website: underwaternow.com

PS: If you bought this on vinyl from me at a show or from Luigi, message me for a download code w/ a snapshot of your cover.


released July 28, 2020

John Davis: Electric guitar, remixing, mastering.
All songs by John Davis, Endless Soft Hits (BMI)


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John Davis & The Cicadas Durham, North Carolina

John Davis is a musician who works solo, with Folk Implosion, with a backing band called the Cicadas, and with Dennis Callaci. He also works on defending and transforming public education as a teacher - organizer with the Durham Association of Educators. ... more

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