Spare Parts

by John Davis

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    Co-Produced by John Davis and Simon Joyner, featuring backing performances from members of Simon's band The Ghosts, as well as percussion and drum magic from Jose Medeles of 1369 Ensemble and Revival Drum Shop in Portland and backing vocals from Laura Burhenn of the Mynabirds. The "come back" album after the absence of the aughts. Long songs, strings, female backing choirs, weird percussive and electronic flourishes, acoustic guitars almost exclusively, dreadnought 6 and Nashville tuned varieties.

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“Spare Parts, his first solo record in 16 years, (is) as carefully constructed as Davis’s early stuff was dashed off, so while arrangements are sparse, the space between notes registers as grandly as orchestration on a classic countrypolitan production. Davis stashes a few surprises in those spaces that stop the action like a play within a play—“Blood Feud,” for instance, features a drum solo that sounds like Milford Graves meeting Ikue Mori. He’s always had the gift of freezing a moment, but now he’s placing those snapshots inside narratives as sweeping as the songs’ arrangements.” — Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader, March 2016

credits

released October 1, 2013

Co Produced by Simon Joyner
Mixed by Brandon Eggleston
Drums and Percussion by Jose Medeles
Strings by Megan Siebe
Backing Vocals by Laura Burhenn, Sarah Gleason, and Megan Siebe
Pedal Steel by Mike Friedman
Engineered by Mike, Brandon, and John
Drums for Upon A Train by Chris Deden

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John Davis & The Cicadas Durham, North Carolina

John Davis is a musician, educator, & activist. He was half of Folk Implosion in the '90's. F.I. hit the Top 40 with "Natural One" off the Kids soundtrack, but remained focused on sonic chameleon maneuvers in both home and hi-to-mid-fi studios. John's '90's solo work mined a more skeletal, spooky and poetic vein for the Shrimper Label. Absent in the aughts, he returned in 2013 with Spare Parts. ... more

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