The creative bohemian wears many hats. When he’s not playing with The Brian Jonestown Massacre (and a stint with Hep Alien), he’s experimenting and creating his own projects.
Gion’s latest manifestation is a bohemian oeuvre that wouldn’t be out of place permeating from a cafe in Paris, or a bar on a secluded tropical beach. Single “Come To Light” off his eponymous release, will have you floating upon its softly rhythmic conga grooves and zephyr-like fluting. The buttery soundscape makes it Gion’s “favorite track on the album.”
The percussionists inspiration for the self-titled release stems largely from film soundtracks from the peace and love generation. “There’s a lot of ’60’s and ’70’s soundtrack vibes in the songs on this album,” says Gion. “I can watch any film from that time period especially if it’s filmed in places like San Francisco or New York City or really just about any major city around the world. Even if it’s a boring movie, just to watch what things looked like then. I play them around the apartment like records. Architecture, fashion and design in general were so alive then. It’s my escapist therapy in order to face all the modern blah.“
Join in the escape and listen to the premiere of “Come To Light” out today. Joel Gion is out 11/17 via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. Pre-order the record here: