Rob Johnson-Upon A Painted Sky
Record Label: 1024 Music
Release Date: September 1, 2009
In a world cluttered with generic and boring sounding music, Rob Johnson sincerely gives music of all genres a breath of fresh air that it genuinely needs. In modern times we have seemingly accepted the fact that music needs to consist of guitarists, drums, and most importantly vocalists. But in Rob’s debut album Upon A Painted Ocean he shows the world that this is not always the case.
Upon A Painted Ocean is primarily an instrumental album, with the sole exception being brief spoken word verses by none other than the ever popular lead singer of Say Anything, Max Bemis. This move seems more like a way to drive album sales, in that Bemis is hardly noticeable on the album, and is not the main attraction of this album. The main attraction of Under A Painted Ocean is the amazingly blended sounds of various instruments, some not often heard in contemporary music now a days. They weave together to create one of the most calming and ethereal pieces of art that has come out in a long time. Everything in this album flows so naturally, something rarely seen in music today. From the opening track “Point the Gun and Pull The Trigger” to the closing “Amy G. Dala,” Rob Johnson creates one of the most complete albums to come out in a long time.
While still being hugely underground here in the states, Rob Johnson deserves to become a mainstream success. His skill in putting together elegant and visceral tones together to form music is some of the best work put together by anyone. Perfect for a rainy day, after a depressing breakup, or just to listen to whenever you see fit, you will not be disappointed in Rob Johnson’s debut album Upon A Painted Ocean.