Dennis Callaci & Simon Joyner – “The Frayed End of the Rope”


We all reach points in our lives when we’re so busy things seem to pass us by without even so much as crossing our brain’s path. That’s probably how I wound up with Dennis Callaci & Simon Joyner’s new album buried in my stacks, and probably how it slipped its way on without my noticing. But all that aside, once the music was playing I was curious what it was that I was hearing. So I searched, and as it turns out, it was produced by Jarvis Taveniere from Woods and also features Kevin Morby (Woods / The Babies) and Franklin Bruno. Perhaps it’s that ramshackle production quality that caught my ear, but, either way, a few full listens later and the album had taken full hold over me.

Since 1990, Callaci has run the influential independent label Shrimper, responsible for putting out music by experimental DIY artists like Amps for Christ and Saddle Creek musician Simon Joyner. This album brings Joyner and Callaci together on a series of collaborative folky tracks that were recorded over the course of 3 days in Callaci’s living room. You can hear the first track, “The Frayed End of the Rope,” below.

New Secrets was released this week on Shrimper.


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