Joe Pug (from the album The Flood in Color available on Nation of Heat Records)
The pain is surface level on “Moonlight of Your Room”, the true telling of a life blunt in “Empty Hands and Broad Shoulders”, heavy bets on heavenly grace stirring the pot of “Exit”, and the burden of chains falling away as trouble drop in “Long Midnight”. The emotions are raw as sharp angles and pointed decisions structure the stories on The Flood in Color, the recent release from Joe Pug, the quick hits of the songs at odds with the recording process for the album produced by Kenneth Pattengale (Mile Carton Kids), engineered my Matt Ross-Spang. The Flood in Color arrives four years on from the previous Joe Pug release, the songman recalling that ‘the past couple of albums haven’t always been the most enjoyable to record. The process can really bring on all sorts of pressures about what you should be doing and how you should be doing it, both internally and externally, so Kenneth and I sort of had the idea to strip all that away. I was just going to write songs. And I was going to do it in a way that came naturally to me, and that I enjoyed. Get rid of all the external bullshit. Look, music isn’t my entire life. Sometimes I want to write songs. But other times I want to read books. I want to play with my kid. I want to cook. A couple years ago I started a podcast. So that’s sort of how I approached this one. I’ll write songs the way I write songs. And when Kenneth and I had a few that we felt good about, we got together and dialed them in a bit further and worked on arrangements. Almost as friends as much as anything. And when we got them to a place that we were happy with, we went to Nashville and recorded them. But through the whole affair there was really no timetable I imposed on it’.
The passionate delivery of a Folk singer fuels Joe Pug as he braces himself in “The Letdown”, fortifies resolve with words of inspiration for “After Curfew”, and admits to shortcomings with “Stranger I’ve Been”. There is a freedom in the musical backing of The Flood in Color, the words welcoming a worldwide array of sounds to lay the stories down, Joe Pug singing “Blues Came Down” with a heartbeat bass thump and wistful sea-faring accordions as he follows a harmonica through the self-awareness of the title track.
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