Song-seeker” John Shannon to release album of mystic acoustics, “Songs of The Desert River.”
Ethereal finger-picked guitars, hushed vocals draw comparisons to Iron & Wine, Jose Gonzalez.
“Hurricane” from “Songs of The Desert River by John Shannon & Wings of Sound
(Live at Pete’s Candy Store)
About John Shannon & Wings of Sound
Many musicians say that music is their life. For Pittsburgh-born singer-songwriter, John Shannon, music is life itself. Identifying himself as a “song seeker,” Shannon’s spirituality guides his songwriting with results that play as if they are as much a part of nature as the man himself.
Shannon has sought and discovered eleven new songs comprising his second album of delicate guitars and hushed vocals, Songs of The Desert River (June 14th, Creek Valley/ObliqSound), a collection that envelops the listener with its own sense of time and space. On songs such as the album’s first single “Hurricane”, Shannon and his band Wings of Sound float weightlessly above Shannon’s delicately finger-picked acoustic guitar, a term deemed “too crude… to do justice to his technique” by the UK’s Sunday Times.
Drawing comparisons to Iron & Wine and Jose Gonzalez, Shannon views his work as less a part of contemporary tradition. He describes himself as a “song-seeker,” explaining, “There are songs in the winds and sunrise that, if perceived openly, will synthesize inside you. There is a spiritual quality in a song that comes from looking for it through the beauty of nature. Honoring this process for me keeps the music connected to the spirit.”
Now, with Songs of The Desert River completed both physically and metaphysically, Shannon is ready to give it to the world, especially through his live performance, a near-shamanistic experience which he hopes will be as spiritually cleansing for his audience as he has come to know it to be for himself.
John Shannon & Wings of Sound
Songs of The Desert River
(Creek Valley/ObliqSound – 6/14/2011)
02. Wave To The River
03. Desert River
5. Forever Is When
07. Dawn Breaks
08. Days Gone By
09. Tell The Morning
10. New Winter
11. Into The Unknown