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8:15 - Honey Duchess
8:15 - Honey Duchess
9:00 - Hectorina
9:45 - Shelles
10:30 - Jphono1 and The Chevrons

Jphono1 and The Chevrons 2016 release, “Time in the Chevron”, was John
Harrison’s first recording with a full band under that moniker. After
spending years exploring the more solitary elements of making music as just
Jphono1, John decided to bring in John Jaquiss (Sunnyslopes, Shelles) and
Patrick O’Neill (Lacy Jags, Some Army) to round out his cosmic musings,
thereby anchoring his compositions with flexible, but dependable, drums and
bass. Dubbed the Chevrons, the trio found their footing not so much in
galaxy-walking symphonies, but in the infinite horizons of the innerspace.
The Astro-Cowboy had come back to Earth, but he brought a little bit of the
nebula with him.“Meadow Magic Hour” finds Jphono1 and The Chevrons
expanding from trio to quartet with the addition of Brad Porter (Wild Fur,
Some Army) on percussion and harmony vocals, and the result is that this
record sounds more like a full band effort than its predecessor. While
“Time in the Chevron” was tightly played and well recorded, in many ways it
felt like John Harrison backed by a rhythm section dubbed The Chevrons.
“Meadow Magic Hour” feels like it was recorded by The Chevrons, and Jphono1
just happens to be lead singer and guitarist. The result of this continuing
sonic cohesion among friends and bandmates is a sextet of songs that are
lush, earthy, and serpentine. The opening track “Be Down, Be Free” kicks
off with a two note melody and syncopated shuffle before John’s breathy,
laconic vocals sing, “You are lost, but not alone. Ease up on thoughts that
shake your bones.” Those two lines could be the mantra for the entire
record. Jphono1 and The Chevrons implore you to take their hands, turn on,
tune in, and drop out with them as the song winds through Beatlesesque
chord progressions and a 7/4 bridge, before blasting into a youngish solo,
only to come back home to the opening two note shuffle. It’s an invitation
away from the upsetting reality of the past year or so, if only for a
moment, and it’s welcome. In truth, most of the record feels like an
invitation for the listener to relax, to step outside and take a seat at
the bonfire in the backyard of Jphono1’s brain. “Keep It For You” is the
most up-tempo track on the album, and it hurries along the giddy edge of a
psilocybin peak, complete with a mile wide smile. “In The Trees” is an
album standout, with hook after hook of premium pop melodies sung, and
played, and stacked on one another such that it’s a wonder Jphono1 and The
Chevrons didn’t build other songs around them. Album closer, “Total
Harvest” tastefully employs the skills of Triangle pedal steel guru, Nathan
Golub, and pushes into territory mined by bands like The Sea and Cake. With
more grit and less concern for stylistic constraints, however, it
vacillates between jazzy passages and Latin-inspired percussion breakdowns.
If the parts described seem disparate, worry not, because they are packaged
into a seamless and effective composition. And let’s be honest. Life is
made up of disparate moments, but when you take them as a whole they form a
beautiful tapestry, the sum of something greater than its parts. More often
than not, the good wins in the end, especially when you choose to be the
good. What can four musicians, and some talented guests and engineers
achieve? The answer is an album like “Meadow Magic Hour”, where you can
feel the dying light of day, but the bonfire just got going, and you have
to widen the circle because more friends keep showing up. "Meadow Magic Hour" Album Release Show