Cadens Johnson | Brightest of These Days

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Brightest of These Days

by Cadens Johnson

Cadens draws a lyrically introspective atmosphere, never extending too far beyond a writer and his song.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Everything Is Reaction
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2. Descended
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3. See Your Shape
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4. Far Gone
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5. Sinkhole
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6. Bliss
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7. Tasteless Kisses
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8. Can You Explain
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9. The Rubicon
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Album Notes
Imagine a good friend singing to you over your morning coffee and you'll understand the intense intimacy and clarity of emotion singer-songwriter Cadens Johnson brings to any performance. Now picture yourself sitting on a high cliff with eyes focused on the wavering line of a far horizon: from this point of stillness you might sense the ever-expanding spiral of life that informs Johnson's work even when its subject matter is distinctly personal. “The bigger picture has always guided my personal thinking,” he says. His songs speak of the continuous search for a balance between the two. Evolving always from their firm, cozy centers of solo guitar and vocal, they expand and contract between the particular and the universal with deep, thoughtful breaths, and even when taking us through some of the rockier feelings we humans can experience, urge us foremost to relax and breathe along with them.
To find the space and time necessary for breathing life into his first solo album, Johnson left the confines and crowds of the city for the vast solitudes of the high deserts in the Southwestern U.S. He wrote and produced Brightest of These Days during the two-year journey of self-inventory and reinvention this breaking away afforded him. Armed with the broadened peripheral vision and enhanced attention to detail all harsh and lonely landscapes demand of us if we are to plumb their mysteries and find their hidden beauties, Johnson created these nine songs mostly while on the move, imagination sparked by changing geography. When patience and perseverance finally broke the dusty lock on the desert's treasure chest for him, he used discovery's momentum to dig deep into his own experiences for the powerful emotions and images that fuel the album's heartfelt trajectory. Some of the songs here are hauntingly sparse while others bloom into rich harmonies and complex textures as surprising and inevitable and wondrous as cactus flowers.
“I wanted this album to play like a live solo performance,” he recalls. This shows as much in the “less-is-more” aesthetic that characterizes the finely judged and sparsely applied layering of the instrumentation on Brightest of These Days as in the sincere, resonant play of emotions that enlivens its every verse and chorus. “I kept an image of myself throughout the sessions,” says Johnson, “as a one-man-band on a street corner with his kick drum and tambourine at his feet, guitar in hand, just singing his songs.”



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