Fruit Bats was born ten years ago as the personal project of Eric D. Johnson, a restless artist who has managed to combine his role as the leader of an ever changing outfit, his work as a soundtrack composer ( “Ceremony” and “Our Idiot Brother”) and his activities as a supporting musician for bands like The Shins, Vetiver and Califone (who are musically very close to him). His mission has always been to stretch the borders between AM pop, Americana and sun-drenched folk, and his fifth album “Tripper”, out on Sub Pop on 2nd August, is no different.
The album was recorded at the WACS Studio in LA with the help of Thom Monahan (producer of Devendra Banhart, The Pernice Brothers and the four last Vetiver albums), who helped to redefine and give a new dimension to the sound of Fruit Bats. Though he had a full band at his disposal during the first weeks of recording, it seems that Johnson quickly realised that he wanted “Tripper” to be more of a solo effort than his previous records. If there is one red thread on the album, it’s the way the narration shapes the songs, with many pieces based on stories that could only exist on paper. For now you can sink your teeth into “Tangie And Ray”, a promising first advance track you can download in the widget below.