Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New music from Decemberists' John Moen

Brian Mansfield/USA TODAY

John Moen may be best known as the drummer for the Decemberists, but he's creating some new musical geography for himself. On June 25, Moen will release Revise Your Maps, his second solo album under the name Perhapst.

The album showcases some of the skills Moen has developed during his long history on the Northwest indie-rock scene, playing not only with the Decembers, but Stephen Malkmus, Elliott Smith, Robert Pollard and Black Prairie, as well as fronting local legends The Maroons.

Musical reference points for Revise Your Mapsinclude the Byrds and Squeeze, and Williamette Valley Ballad, making its premiere at USA TODAY, features slide-guitar work that's pure '70s classic rock.

Recorded and produced by Jonathan Drews, it's "a grown-up record full of all the love, want, and peacemaking that come to a husband, dad, and musician who's been playing on stages since he was a teenager," says the news release that accompanies the album.

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