× John J. Presley releases "Chaos and Calypso" and announces tourdates

John J. Presley releases "Chaos and Calypso" and announces tourdates


Brighton based multi-instrumentalist John J. Presley returns with a new album ‘Chaos and Calypso’, due October 20th via God Unknown Records. Following a period of activity in May of this year, John broke a three-year hiatus with the brooding, hypnotic single ‘Sinnerman’ (a collaboration with friend Laura-Marty Carter from Blood Red Shoes), and live shows with Radiohead’s Philip Selway and Gaz Coombes (Supergrass).

‘Chaos and Calypso’ features the first new music from Presley since his debut album ‘As The Night Draws In’ in 2019 and the vinyl only lockdown release ‘Albany Sessions’, which were both released to great acclaim, with Q Magazine calling the album ‘…a bold, striking debut’ and a nearly perfect review in Rolling Stone France. Presley's music is hard to categorize but that is its strength - from folk blues noir moments to tasteful post rock walls of sound, - classic songwriting to improvised, experimental moments, Presley is constantly creating a tapestry that will engage, challenge and inspire. 

Presley plays guitar, bass and pedal steel on the new record and is an in-demand player too - Nadine Shah, Duke Garwood, Laura-Mary Carter, Juanita Stein and Smoke Fairies have all had him join their line ups. 

A diary piece that echoes a period of ill health, of spiralling vertigo and misdiagnoses, ‘Chaos and Calypso’ shows Presley’s trademark guitar tone in full effect with enough space in the mix to weave in a new palette of textures from drum machines and synths throughout. The first shows John J. Presley and his band are doing are announced now:

18/10: London, UK - Third Man
31/01: Brighton, UK - The Prince Albert
01/02: Portsmouth, UK -  Edge of the Wedge
04/02: Isle of Wight, UK - Strings Bar & Venue
09/02: Ramsgate, UK - Ramsgate Music Hall
22/02: Hull, UK - Adelphi
23/02: Todmorden, UK - The Golden Lion
24/02: Newport, UK - Le Pub
25/02: Birmingham, UK - Hare And Hounds
10/03: Cologne, DE - Blue Shell
11/03: Munich, DE - Backstage Club
12/03: Berlin, DE - Privatclub
13/03: Hamburg, DE - Nochtwache

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