Cuckoo Bird Sings a Song
Cuckoo Bird Sings a song is the latest solo album by singer/songwriter John Wesley Coleman III.
The album takes its title from a lyric in the last song on the record, “Out The Window.”
Coleman says of the song that “It’s my pop masterpiece, produced by Vincent Kircher. He got the old version of his band Jaill (Sub Pop, Burger) together one more time to see it through.” The album will be mastered by Louie Lino, who has “recorded our bands before. So full circle. It’s a sad pop gem, and I love it.”
Coleman recorded the album in Milwaukee in the winter. Asked to characterize it, Coleman says “It feels like a basement full of hope and sadness. But positive force of music on the ears.” A number of special guests appear on the album, and Chris Simpson (Mineral, The Gloria Record, Mountain Time) is the writer behind one of the songs.
“[Coleman] takes you back to the 1980s with whirling keyboards and spacey sound effects. There’s even what sounds like an old Zippy Zither at one point. Add in Coleman’s deep vocals and it continues his tradition of mixing absurd lyrics and odd elements with brilliant catchy songwriting.”—Austin Monthly
“His new album is his most daring array of baroque power pop basement fringe yet.”—Glide Magazine
“[As] relaxed as the breeze, moving in free space and time, but utterly aware ‘the world is upside down.’ Drifting along with a color arrangement of guitars, keys, and programmed drums, Coleman reminds us ‘I ain’t crazy, just a little sad maybe,’ a feeling that resonates in its simplicity as we’re all feeling a bit of that these days.”—post trash
“It is bigger than the man himself, bigger than us, and without a doubt more than we complacent gimme gimme gimmes deserve.”—Anon Magazine
“Kick It Again”
“Weird Old World”
“We Speak In Charades”
“Just Another Face In The Crowd”
“All Over Now”
“Feel That Way”
“Baby I Like Your Style”
“Beam With Us”
“Out The Widow”
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