Rose City Band is the project of American musicain and songwriter Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo). He announced the release of a new album. Summerlong is out on May 15th via Thrill Jockey Records. According to the press release, The song’s lighter-than-air guitar, glistening lap steel, and rollicking pace captures the summer spirit of the album, calling to mind sunshine sparkling off the water of a lazy river. In contrast, the song’s bittersweet lyrics delve into more melancholy territory, as he explains:
“There are times when you’re feeling so down that you wish you were just plain lonely. I think there’s a sense of resilience in it, though, a determination to roll with the punches and push on through. I wrote the music a while back and figured it would be an upbeat kind of tune. I guess I was just pretty down when I got around to writing the lyrics.”
“Only Lonely” is the first excerpt. Listen below.