Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Johnny O'Donnell announces release of double EP of skewed classic pop

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"O'Donnell's compositions have a woozy barroom sagacity, and surprising arrangements to boot." -- Buzzbands LA

Wildly inventive songwriter Johnny O'Donnell writes songs as cleverly restless as himself. Having leapt in recent years from rural Louisiana to Seattle to South Korea to currently settling in Los Angeles, O'Donnell pens brilliantly skewed classic pop songs that likewise shift and morph from one style and sound to the next. His talents as a composer and storyteller echo those of legends like Paul McCartney, Harry Nilsson and Elliott Smith. Johnny O'Donnell and backing band, Sacramento announces the release of their double-EP debut, Masquerade / Korean Debutante on White Noise Records this summer. A slew of L.A. dates are set for summer (see details below) and tour dates for August - September will be announced soon. 

Check out MP3s for "The Gothic Singer" HERE and "Supermarket Nightmare" HERE.

The video for "The Gothic Singer" -- shot entirely on 16mm film and directed by Kyle Safieh -- is a compelling fairytale told in the style of antique silent film, depicting the adventures of a swashbuckling troubadour. Watch the video HERE.

O'Donnell is the former guitarist in avant pop band Holy Ghost Revival. After that band's breakup, he moved to Seoul, South Korea, where he penned songs for his first EP, Korean Debutante. Later moving to the City of Angels, he mentored with Van Dyke Parks prior to assembling his band, Sacramento and completing a second EP, Masquerade. The double-EP assembles all nine songs into a single LP/digital format.

On Masquerade, the Golden Era of Hollywood gets the full cinematic treatment on a tripping journey amongst the relics of glamour, adventure and globetrotting that once made entertainment immortal. "The Gothic Singer" introduces a swashbuckling songwriter who honors Fairbanks and Errol Flynn by way of rhythmic hi-jinks and a few melodic leaps of faith. Korean Debutante is a compact collection of pop diamonds written by an incorrigible rake living in a spiritual hellhole, a singing postcard to America, sung through the blurred lips of a drunken ex-pat.

Where there's syrupy romance, a haunting mystery, a haughty swagger and an amusement park's worth of harmonic twists and turns, you're probably in the company of Johnny O'Donnell & Sacramento.

06/10  Los Angeles, CA @ Taix
06/18  Los Angeles, CA @ HM157
06/30  Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo (Record release show)
07/08  Los Angeles, CA @ The Redwood
07/17  Los Angeles, CA @ La Cita

Artist: Johnny O'Donnell & Sacramento
Album: Masquerade / Korean Debutante 
Label: White Noise 
Release Date: June 28th, 2011

01. The Gothic Singer (MP3) (VIDEO)
02. Loose Cannons
03. The Griffin Arrives Again
04. The Inch Worm
05. Roaming Thing
06. Last Lonely Won
07. Retreat To America
08. Supermarket Nightmare (MP3)
09. Crackin' Up 

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