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Glen Johnson of Piano magic fame is pictured on the insert of his debut solo outing with his face wrapped in bandages in a room that looks very much like my own with a lovely selection of animal toys and masks. The playful looking room Mr. Johnson is pictured in suggests an upbeat, outgoing kind of guy, which is in relative contrast to the eerie, atmospheric music contained within 'Details Not Rec ...

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Details Not Recorded by Glen Johnson
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9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 18 March 2009
Glen Johnson of Piano magic fame is pictured on the insert of his debut solo outing with his face wrapped in bandages in a room that looks very much like my own with a lovely selection of animal toys and masks. The playful looking room Mr. Johnson is pictured in suggests an upbeat, outgoing kind of guy, which is in relative contrast to the eerie, atmospheric music contained within 'Details Not Recorded'. Glen Johnson isn't particularly chipper but he is an immensely talented artist as anyone who has heard Piano Magic will already know. 'Details Not Recorded' doesn't deviate wildly from the output of Piano Magic but it does present a fresh angle at which to relax and enjoy the view. The majority of 'Details not recorded' are sparse, haunting efforts full of subtle ambient bass, synths, whistles, bells and flutes commonly accompanied by a single acoustic guitar and warm effecting vocal delivery. He totally knows how to do that Leonard Cohen thing of weaving a honest direct lyric and integrating it into the atmosphere of each track and for that Mr. Johnson should be applauded. He does deviate from the lo-fi route on songs like the title track 'Details not recorded' where we hear Glen and the band (a notable bunch of characters including Leaf recording artists David Shepard and Keiron Phelan as well as Piano Magic sticks man Jerome Tcherneyan) tackle electronic pop with full balladering bravado invoking later Joy Division and early New Order stuff. 'I know you know my name' is a firm favorite for me with its combination of folksy electronica and improv noise that brings the track to a chaotic ending. So yes, an awesome record to add to the ever-expanding output of excellent records by Glen Johnson. The melding of sparse folk, electronic pop and carnival waltz's are a pleasure to the ear. Enjoy.


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