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I've always known Eagle to be a talented guy, but even so the album really took me by surprise. Tennessee Beach is full of uniquely individual songs that stir emotions in their own way. Push Pin Jane, for example, has the charm and catchy lyrics that make worse songs hit singles. Paired with familiar-but-new vocals that grab your ears, it's a special treat. It's humble, but not cheap. Alternately, listening to Hero with it's ethereal underlying instrumental backing with lyrics that eased me along, really mellowed me out. My biggest joy, however came from the track My Best Girl. The vocals, guitar solos, and overall completeness of the song spoke to me on a personal level, which maybe says too much about me and not enough about the song.
While I'm not always one to rant about albums, Tennessee Beach is really something special. It's a really good feeling to have access to something like this. Tennessee Beach is where I'd like to be, too.
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Eagle Johnson & Clean Machine recently popped onto our radar with the first single, “Push Pin Jane,” from their upcoming debut Tennessee Beach, which is due out April 21. That first single has a vibe that reminds us of Tom Petty run through a retro pop filter, and had us eager for more. Eagle shared the next single “Hero” with us, and we jumped at the opportunity to premiere it. The song actually has a pretty lengthy back story, in that, it was written as a romantic response to Grammy winning Kiwi artist Kimbra’s ear worm “Settle Down,” even referencing her desired child Nebraska Jones. On a whim, Eagle shared the demo with Kimbra’s Major Dudes production team of Timon Martin and Stevie McQuinn Jr., and a bond was formed. For the next year, the trans-pacific team worked together to create the single that we’ll premiere today. It features Martin and McQuinn providing synths that were mixed in to the live recording of the track by Billy Bennett (MGMT, The Whigs) at Bomb Shelter Studios in Nashville. The result is a fuzzed out, poppy, alt-rock gem that has a very nice blend of the Nashville garage scene and the Australian continent’s buzzing scene led by psych bands like Tame Impala, and synth pop outfits like Cut Copy. The result is a memorable early release from Eagle Johnson & Clean Machine.
Johnson reflected on the new single when he told us, “I originally wrote the song almost word for word in a freestyle stream of consciousness type way in about 3 minutes. At first, I thought I had received a mystical romantic response to Kimbra’s track, “Settle Down.” It got even more mystical when Stevie and Timon asked to produce it. At some point though, I got in my head about it while working with them. The "Nebraska Jones" lyric made me think that I had crossed some sort of personal artistic line. I told Timon and Stevie that I didn't feel right about it and they suggested I leave it out. I didn't want to change the lyric though, so I called off the project. Eventually, I showed my Mom Kimbra’s song, and suggested she to listen to it next to “Hero." I asked her, as woman, if she thought it was crossing some sort of line, considering it had to do with Kimbra's fantasy child. She said, as a woman, she did not think so. Is it a sin for two artists to both write songs fantasizing about making a child named "Nebraska Jones" ? That one's not mentioned in the ten commandments...I eventually decided to track the song with the "Nebraska Jones" lyric live with the band, then asked for Timon and Stevie's O.K. to release it. I got a yes on behalf of them from Timon, so I did. I honestly still feel weird sometimes about it, but I think I'm happy knowing there's a song about making babies, not just "fucking hoes." "
When I first put this album on from Eagle Johnson & Clean Machine, the psychedelic undertones instantly reminded me of a toned down version of Tame Impala, if they also had a baby with Neil Young. Unsurprisingly, the group is based out of Nashville, and features an intriguing mix of typical alt country influences from that area. If the word “country” scares you, don’t be dissuaded, as there’s plenty of rock vibes in the mix here that’ll keep just about anyone listening.