Red Jacket Mine | Hello, Old Cloud

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Hello, Old Cloud

by Red Jacket Mine

Twilit pop - atmospheric, melodic, savagely beautiful. Equal parts soaring psychedelia, spectral Americana, and string-laden chamber rock, featuring guest appearances from Keith Lowe, Paul Hiraga (Downpilot), and Eyvind Kang (Blonde Redhead, Laura Veirs).
Genre: Pop: Psychedelic Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Afterhours
3:29 $0.99
2. Jesus' House
4:42 $0.99
3. 22 Rose Petal Place
3:23 $0.99
4. Blessed Are
4:01 $0.99
5. Time to Slow Down
5:36 $0.99
6. Sarah
5:17 $0.99
7. Family Man
3:57 $0.99
8. Kissing Cousin
4:22 $0.99
9. Don't (Settle Your Debts on the Phone)
4:12 $0.99
10. Philistine
5:44 $0.99
11. Early Followed You
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Album Notes
Led by singer/songwriter Lincoln Barr, Seattle band Red Jacket Mine has spent the last two years perfecting its singular brand of twilit pop—equal parts soaring psychedelia, spectral Americana, and string-laden chamber rock.

Begun as a solo four-track project to satiate an overactive mind trapped in the barren hill country of southeast Missouri, arrangements have grown more ambitious and tape hiss levels have mercifully fallen, but Barr's vivid lyrical imagery and melodic songcraft have remained constant. Joined in Seattle by fellow Missouri transplant Andy Salzman (drums), Seattle rock veteran Patrick Porter (guitar/pedal steel), and Idahoan jungle cat Ryan Chapman (bass), Barr's dreams of Red Jacket Mine-as-real-band finally became reality, and the band set about honing its craft in a series of increasingly high-profile club gigs while Barr penned the songs that would comprise their debut studio album.

Recorded at Seattle's Studio Litho by producer/engineer Shawn Simmons, Hello, Old Cloud delivers on the promise of Red Jacket Mine's early recordings and impassioned live performances. Featuring an impressive array of guest musicians, including upright bassist Keith Lowe (Bill Frisell, Fiona Apple), keyboard whiz Paul Hiraga (Downpilot, Ian Moore), and renowned string arranger Eyvind Kang (Blonde Redhead, Laura Veirs), the album was released in April 2008.

What Others Have Said...

"Hello, Old Cloud reveals how much Barr has grown as a songwriter in the last five years...I am confident that Red Jacket Mine are just getting started."

— Hugh Miller, Unfinished web zine, May 19, 2008

"Hello, Old Cloud drifts along languidly, buoyed by Barr’s slightly fragile voice and intelligent lyrics. Like spiked lemonade, it’s refreshing and intoxicating."

— Barbara Mitchell, Portland Tribune, March 14, 2008

"...on the cusp of releasing debut album Hello, Old Cloud, [Red Jacket Mine's] confident orchestrations sound like they’ve been around for much longer, as do songwriter Lincoln Barr's mature lyrics and smooth delivery."

— Seattle Metropolitan magazine, January 2008



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Benjamin Brackett

A Spectacular Pop Album
Red Jacket Mine's "Hello, Old Cloud" is the kind of record that hits you in stages. First, you're struck by the songwriting. It's insightful, confident, and unpredictable, with structures and progressions both perfectly placed and artfully challenging. Then comes the production. Chiming guitars, strings, all manner of keyboards, and pedal steel slowly weave in and out of each other, revealing a lush arrangement that begs for repeat listens. It's certainly an album to listen to on headphones. "Philistine" is a slow burner that builds to an undeniable sonic crescendo, while "Jesus's House" is a dreamy waltz laced with saloon piano and layered guitars. A truly rewarding listen, and a wonderful album by a wonderful band.

Steve E. Turner

Hello, Old Cloud
Lincoln Barr’s mature and complex lyrics are matched perfectly with the impressive, intricate and lush sounds of “Hello, Old Cloud.” As a longtime fan of Barr’s tasty tracks and quality demos, the release of “Hello, Old Cloud” had me double checking to see if I’d missed the promising debut or sophomore miss. This is a very polished group of musicians who have produced a sophisticated record; it’s music that makes you stop and listen. It’s music that gives you goose bumps.

Thomas Shaner

A nice pop record overall.
Red Jacket mine is my friend Lincoln Barr's indie pop/psychedelic band. I had the chance to see one of their first shows in MO, at grace cafe and listen to one of his first albums. Since then it has been a natual progression towards this new album. I still remember recomending "Wilco's Yankee Foxtrot Hotel" to him while he was working in Barnes and Noble.(During that time I was into alt country music like the jayhawks). He had just broke up with his previous band after they couldn't find a drummer. So Lincoln decided to go solo. Barr is also big fan of elliot smith. His influence was seen on some of his first records. With Hello, Old cloud he has branched off to new territory and has become a well rounded artist.

Favorite tracks are "Afterhours", "22 Rose Petal Place" and "Blessed." This record is a great pop record and everybody should check it out. Fans of Americana and indie pop will be both pleased.

Dave Pomerantz

On their startlingly self-assured debut, 'Hello, Old Cloud', Red Jacket Mine assert themselves as purveyors of a new art-pop aesthetic, one that combines tasty melodic hooks with dissonant, unpredictable chord changes and song structures. From the breezy, ethereal '22 Rose Petal Place' to the tension-filled, angular epic 'Philistine', Lincoln Barr and Co. have crafted an album that absolutely demands your attention. The arrangements are tasteful and complex, always suited to the needs of the song, and the album has a cohesion that belies its debut status. Psychedelic pop has never been this challenging or accessible.

-Dave Pomerantz, March 2008