Pigeon John: Before We’re Gone
Pigeon John returns with his first new album in 4 years. “Dragon Slayer” represents a shift for PJ as he takes on full production duties and hand crafts his most personal album to date.
Pigeon John’s second album for Quannum Projects is as energetic and witty as any previous Pigeon John release but, way more than ever before, this is his album. With the aid of General Electriks’ Herve Salters, he produced the whole record, including, for the first time, recording and chopping up his own instrumentation rather than just flipping samples and banging on an MPC. “It’s a whole new venture,” says Pigeon John, who was born in Omaha and raised in Inglewood and Hawthorne. “It becomes bigger than being a writer, and you have to be an editor, in book-form. Working with Herve Salters makes my music feel new to me. It’s been a great process, I love it.”
On “Before We’re Gone,” a classic acoustic-guitar and airy-keyboard cut about being on the road and missing that girl, the entertaining emcee holds onto moments as small as how she puts on chapstick while fighting off big problems like “Suicide Girls at the Door.” The new album hit physical and digital retail October 12, 2010, [ioda]