This is my favourite album of 2016! The only disappointment is that when it ends it leaves you wanting more. I think each track really shines on its own but together they have a great feeling that you can only really appreciate after multiple listens. I have listened to this album at least a dozen times now and I still am finding new things to enjoy about it.
Field of Trampolines is a perfect summer album, recorded at the Eastern end of a cross-Canada tour in August 2015. Shotgun Jimmie and his band (Winnipeg’s wonderful Human Music) slept under the stars, played rock shows and swam every possible lake. Crowds were surfed. They ate from orchards and cooked by campfire. Field of Trampolines was produced by Joel Plaskett in his Dartmouth, NS studio. Joel is a magician, a musician and a legend. They worked quickly, recording live and mixing fast in a single 4-day session. Joel captured the summer vibes like a glow bug in his bare hands.
Here are 10 songs celebrating life’s joys: life on the road (Join The Band), natural phenomena (Solar Array), and camping (Triple Letter Score). There are a series of tributes to Jimmie’s friends and inspirations: The Constantines are saluted in Constantine Believer, Attack In Black in Love Letter, and the legendary Eric’s Trip in Song For Julie, Chris, Rick + Mark. Jimmie’s current life as a student at art school also gets due airtime: “I’m losing sleep over Georgia O’Keefe” he sings in Georgia OK. And as the batteries run down on the nostalgic and entirely wonderful Walkman Battery Bleed, you’ll be looking to flip back to the A side and play it all over again.
released March 18, 2016
Shotgun Jimmie - Guitar and Vocals
Jory Hasselmann - Guitar and Vocals
Marie-France Hollier - Bass and Vocals
Cole Woods - Drums and Vocals; Guitar on 8; Synth on 2
With Joel Plaskett: Guitar on 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10; Vocals on 1, 2, 3, 6; Tambourine on 2, 7, 8; Organ on 7; Piano on 10
All songs Socan 2015
Produced by Joel Plaskett
Engineered by Thomas Stajcer
New Scotland Yard, Dartmouth, NS
Mastered by J. Lapointe
Archive Mastering, Mineville, NS
Cover Art: "Champion" by Shotgun Jimmie
Photographed by Kevin Bertram
Design by Paul Henderson