JOHN MOREMEN’S FLOTATION DEVICE

Multi-instrumentalist and composer John Moremen has performed with Half Japanese, Roy Loney and the Phantom Movers, the Orange Peels and the Neighbors — and his own recording career has seen releases on the Bus Stop Label and Popstatic records — but in a way, this is Moremen’s debut album.

As a solo artist, John Moremen‘s work has traditionally fallen into the power-pop category, but “Flotation Device” (2011, Mystery Lawn Music) finds the man coloring way outside the lines.


Eschewing the distraction of lyrics and vocals on this collection of tunes, the arrangements become more evocative and mysterious — allowing Moremen to paint pointillistic impressions of moments in time and imaginary landscapes.


Eschewing the distraction of lyrics and vocals on this collection of tunes, the arrangements become more evocative and mysterious — allowing Moremen to paint pointillistic impressions of moments in time and imaginary landscapes.

John recorded the songs at his San Francisco rehearsal studio (the Rat Hole) and at his own Inner Sunset Studio then sent the tracks to Mystery Lawn for mixing and mastering.

On “Flotation Device,” Moremen is like a jazz great playing in a fictional rock band made up entirely of himself. Performing all the instrumental parts on this album, Moremen freely navigates between drums, bass and guitar while never losing site of the end goal: songs that move, shake and rattle with palpable energy.

Call it 21st century mood music; call it a West-Coast guitar freakout; call it what you will — John Moremen is entirely at home in the grooves of this album, and whether you’re from the left coast or right, it places you square in the mindset of this gifted San Francisco composer.