Joe Geni’s “After Wandering Empire”: album review

Joe Geni’s “After Wandering Empire” is a kind of ode to modern urban civilization in the west, with soaring vocals and harmonies over careful and at times sparse and lonely arrangements. A meditative ruminative work that stretches in scope and at times explodes into epic chorus lines.
Standout tracks include “Architecture,” with its tasty distortion-heavy chorus, and the intricately developed “Mar Vermeio.”
In his own words, Joe’s song are “audio landscape studies of the impact of infrastructure, natural history, international affairs, and patterns of human migration on the lived human experience.”
Produced by Charlie Nieland, the record also features Charlie on piano, along with other guest musician appearances by Annie Engman on vocals, Daniel Kwiatkowski on banjo, Mikhail Sapozhnikov on Mandolin, and guitar from me on couple of tracks.


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