Track Premiere – China “Crossing The Ohio”

Crossing The Ohio‘ is the new single from  folk-rock band China’s album ‘And then nothing happened‘, released through Royal Oakie Records.  China take their musical cues from the likes of Neil Young, The Byrds, and The Band.  Theirs is not a revival sound though – they consider themselves revisionists -reinterpreting those classic sounds through the lens of the last 30 years of indie rock and underground music.

Fronted by singer-songwriter Michael James Tapscott and rounded out by bassist and songwriter Jeff Moller, guitarist Jacob Aranda, and drummer Raphi Gottesman, China made their latest recordings as live as possible.  Producer David Glasebrook  recorded the band straight to analog tape, working on the same vintage MCI console from Muscle Shoals that Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, and Cat Stevens had used.

Crossing The Ohio‘ is a softly swaying folk rock song which addresses break-ups in an adult way.  The emotion is toned down, but the sense of failure embodied in lines like “but we lost our way once again / some how / things change / she started crying at the weekend and drinking every night /  then I began to hit the vein” is genuine.

 

Author: Jonathan Aird

Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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