Friday, July 21, 2023

John P. Strohm – “This American Lie” [Music Video]

You may remember John P. Strohm from college rock favorites Blake Babies, his time in The Lemonheads, or as frontman of Antenna and Velo-Deluxe. He also released a trio of solo albums across the mid-to-late ‘90s and 2000s. Strohm has recently prepped his fourth solo album (his first in 15 years) – Something to Look Forward To – for a September 29 release on Propeller Sound Recordings (home to artists like Dex Romweber, the dB’s, Love Tractor, and others). 

Something to Look Forward To has been described as being “shaped by life-altering loss and the subsequent reawakening of Strohm’s voice as a songwriter.” It was most deeply inspired by the passing of his close friend and fellow Antenna bandmate Ed Ackerson, who contributed to a handful of the album’s tracks. (You can read Strohm's touching Talkhouse piece on his relationship with Ackerman here: The album also features Strohm’s versatile musicianship across a variety of instruments – guitar, bass, drums, organ, keys, banjo – and boasts an impressive guest list: drummer Marshall Vore and bassist Harrison Whitford (both members of Phoebe Bridgers’ band) and singer-songwriters Erin Rae, Courtney Marie Andrews, and Kate Tucker as harmony vocalists. 

Ahead of the September 29 release of Something to Look Forward To, Strohm is debuting a new lyric video for “This American Lie,” the album’s second single. On the melodically melancholic ballad, Strohm’s vocals, acoustic, bass, and drums provide the lion’s share of the wistful musical mood. The track is further elevated by Ackerson’s ornamental keys, Alex Yaker’s underpinned piano, and Courtney Marie Andrews’ stellar background vocals. 

Something To Look Forward To can be preordered on CD and limited edition vinyl from Propellor Sound Recordings here:

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