Phone Joan - Ashes & Dust
Today I discovered Phone Joan, a Norwegian Rock band. Well, I have to add their nationality because a) you wouldn’t have guessed it from their sound and more importantly b) because of “Black Gold”, a song from their upcoming third album “Turning Pages”.It’s about the black gold aka oil. Well, it’s not the video above but below this text. So, why not feature it right away? Because I checked out more music from this band and stumbled over “Ashes & Dust” where I like Carina Moen’s voice a lot more. It’s a little less aggressive and a little bit more singing. And it’s a classic Rock hymn with ear worm quality. The video shows the band recording in the Sputnik Sound Studio, Nashville, TN. It’s actually exactly the take which made it onto the album.
For mixing, recording and production they worked with Vance Powell (Jack White, Raconteurs, White Stripes etc.) who asked them, not the other way round. The result is a rock album with “anger management” songs like “Black Oil” which need a certain volume to fully come to live. But there are also quieter moments on the album “Those Who Fade”…well, for half a song at least. This four piece certainly knows how to do a very good rock album.
And here the video for “Black Gold” - a song about, you might have guessed it, Norwegian oil industry and what Phone Joan think about it:
Thank you for reading,