"The Lost Refrain"

 

The Lost Refrain

The Lost Refrain is the record that John Larson has been trying to make for a long time. From the infectious strings that introduce the opening track “Glassful of Sand” to “Happy Landings” - the heartfelt paean to 70s motorcycle stunt icon Evel Knievel that closes the 13-song album - it’s clear that listeners are in for some unconventional lyricism and irresistible melodies.

The Lost Refrain is Larson’s second solo effort after having fronted the critically-acclaimed Providence, Rhode Island-based power pop/rock band The Marlowes for eight years. The new release is full of the kind of down-to-earth songs with heartfelt vocals and engaging melodies that define his best work.

Lyrically, the stories and observations that Larson unfolds are among his best. The Lost Refrain is another heartfelt collection of catchy and insightful songs encompassing topics from the state government takeover of a bankrupt New England city in “Dexter and Broad” to the true value of school teachers in “River in a Raindrop.” In between there are songs about the joys and frustrations of record collecting, spiritual awakening, love, breakups, and the mysterious unfinished painting of Lydia Allen by Edward Greene Malbone.

“Although my name is on the album, it was definitely a collaborative effort,” said Larson. “I called on a lot of my musician friends, including a few of the Marlowes, and dubbed them all the Silver Fields. Everybody contributed beyond my expectations.”

Recording took place at Motion State in Foster, RI, In The Pines Studio in Chepachet, RI, and The Wave Cave in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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