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There Comes the Lord

by JOESPH

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    "There Comes the Lord" by JOESPH on clear red vinyl with screen printed jacket by Cincinnati's own Cryptogram Ink.
    Download includes two unreleased songs from the album, as well as two early versions of "Jesus."
    Add $5 to your physical order to receive a one of a kind, original drawing by Joey Joesph!

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Forget about Kermit the Frog's emerald-tinted angst, it's not easy being Joey Cook. The erstwhile multi-instrumentalist and songwriter known for his work with Cincinnati Indie Pop crew Pomegranates has long been stockpiling songs and ideas for solo projects, but with the completion of his very first full-length album, There Comes the Lord, he found himself in the midst of a slight identity crisis.

Cook couldn't release the album under his given name since that had already been claimed on Bandcamp by last year's seventh place finisher on American Idol. He considered using his proper first name but there was the risk of confusion with local R&B/Hip Hop sensation and 2016 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards New Artist of the Year nominee Joseph Nevels, aka JSPH. In the end, Cook chose to adopt the creatively misspelled moniker Joesph as his solo banner.

Although There Comes the Lord is largely Cook's true solo construction — his Pomegranates bandmate Isaac Karns appears on the quivery reverb '60s AM Pop of "Jesus" and the epic and sprawling closer "Spirit of the Lord," and his sister Alisa provides vocals on three tracks, but otherwise it's all Cook — he has fashioned a band, including Pomegranates bassist Pierce Geary and ex-Kickaways guitarist Devyn Glista on drums, which he's dubbed Joesph in order to play the new album as well as other material he's written.

According to Cook, last Saturday's intimate release show at White Whale Tattoo in Walnut Hills was a rousing success, and the album is already generating online sales.

As for the album itself, There Comes the Lord is a marvel of influence, invention and translation. Cook blends a brilliant evocation of ’60s and ’70s Pop and Rock with a thoroughly modern Indie Rock ethic in a raw and immediate home recorded atmosphere that serves as the soundtrack for an intriguing concept.

Cook, who self-identifies as Christian, has created a song cycle that imagines what it might have been like to stand in the presence of the physical manifestation of Jesus in the Godspell/Jesus Christ Superstar era that spawned a generation of long-haired believers who came to be known as Jesus freaks.

The difference is that Cook doesn't attempt to contemporize his message in an effort to appeal to millennials, nor does he use There Comes the Lord as a pulpit to proselytize and ultimately convert. He merely tells this interesting story in a wonderfully musical, lyrical and compellingly listenable manner.

The album begins with the title track, which comes into focus through a gauzy haze of moody Synth Pop melodicism as Cook intones quietly, "Oh, the Lord, He's right here, He's right here," until the song's midway point when it explodes into a propulsive mash-up of the Polyphonic Spree and The Flaming Lips. At the song's conclusion, "There Comes the Lord" returns to the relative calm of its introduction, but Cook maintains his blissful church choir perspective from beginning to end

On "Jesus," Cook offers up a twisted Curt Boetcher/Association/’60s sunshine Pop flashback with a reverbed Byrds undertone - they are the band that originally noted Jesus was just alright, after all - as well as a uniquely modern revelatory lyric ("He showed me some shit I never knew before He came..."). And "Jesus" morphs buzzingly into the compelling Psych Folk Pop of "Wind Hovering Over Water," which quivers with the lysergic introspection and melancholic portent of the last iteration of The Monkees, when the quartet wanted to be Rock mystics and Mickey Dolenz had dibs on the shamanic frontman role.

Cook's ’70s evocation comes to a crescendo on the album's final four tracks; the gentle Harry Nilsson-meets-Velvet Underground warble-and-strum of "At a Well," the Kinks go-go cage dance of "My Master's House," and the Bowie demo snippet of "The Rolling Stone." It's all reminiscent of that magic time four decades ago when bands' theologies could easily co-exist with their musicologies, and the results could be spectacular.

Cook saves spectacular for the big 12-minute finish of There Comes the Lord. "Spirit of the Lord" opens with a Floydian synth drone/march and the imploring lyric, "Master, why did you let them take you?" which quickly erupts into the kind of organized chaos that Alice Cooper orchestrated to perfection, which leads to a Beatlesque "Blackbird" homage which in turn devolves into a Brian Eno soundscape, trembling on the surreal edge of perception.

And with that, There Comes the Lord is over all too soon. Cook has said that he's got at least a couple of albums' worth of albums stockpiled in his archive; if that material is anywhere near as engaging and mesmerizing as There Comes the Lord, Joesph could be gearing up for one of the most thrilling and provocative solo careers to emerge from a Cincinnati band in quite some time. Good news indeed.
-Brian Baker for CityBeat

credits

released March 12, 2016

All songs by J. Cook. The voice of Alisa Cook appears on songs 1, 5 & 7. The e. guitar playing and synthesizer magic of Isaac Joel appear respectively on songs 2 & 7. Recorded by J. Cook (song 7 with Isaac Joel) in various spaces around Cincinnati over an undetermined period of time.
Mastered by Peter Andreadis.
Layout by Brent Lakes.
Photograph by J. Cook.

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Track Name: There Comes the Lord
Oh, the lord... He's riding
Oh, the sun... It's rising
Track Name: Jesus
He showed me some shit I'd never seen before he came.
Like some people walking where people used to have no legs,
or people looking where people used to have no eyes,
or people moving where people had run out of life.
I can't believe this man is calling me his friend...
Track Name: Wind Hovering Over Water
How can you start to be if you've already been being?
Would you climb back inside the womb of your mother?
You do not hear what I'm saying.
Wind hovering over water.
The little baby's hand - reach out. You can touch it.
Your body is just that - nothing can pass through it.
Do you hear what I'm saying?
Wind hovering over water.
If the river wants to sing who could say, "be still, now"?
If dawn is on the rise would you draw your evening shade down?
Do you hear what I'm saying?
Wind hovering over water.
Blowing through the trees.
Moving over me.
Track Name: At a Well
We're all women at a well, counting coins and making wishes.
I've been waiting for my man, but the days keep passing by.
Oh I'm getting thirsty, Mary... how about you?
Why would you worry if it feels alright?
Lord, I could use some living water,
the kind that won't leave me feeling low.
Track Name: My Master's House
Are your words lost on all
Carriage through morning fog
My lord is gone
My lord
Feral friend, gentle one
Quiet truth like a gong
My lord is gone
My lord
Will I know who I am when the sun sets on my master's house?
In time, will I forget the sun also set on my master's house?
Go, carry that weight.
Now, carry that weight.
Track Name: The Rolling Stone
With blood in his hair, he told us that he'd meet us there.
And if he dies... that'll be alright.
But I don't want to go on alone.
Mary told us all about the rolling stone.
She said that we'd see a man dressed in white
coming for you and for me.
Track Name: Spirit of the Lord
Brother, why did you have to leave
when you can speak and calm the sea
Master, why did you let them take you
I miss you so much

I thought I saw him come in
through the stone, the wall
But we all saw his spirit go free
Surely it's not he
I felt the holes in his hands
and his side
Oh my god... My God
Non-believers had left you on a hill
I'll go with you still