“Joy and sorrow come and go in turn,
Now failure daunts us, now success makes us glad
Rather than this, I prefer to be free for ever
From all the world I choose Simplicity.” — Hsieh Ling-Yun
Prolific musician and writer, John Rossiter, is primarily known for his work as the frontman and guitarist of Young Jesus. But his creativity cant be contained by one medium and over the last two years he has released a steady stream of poetry, zines, and improvised recordings along side multiple releases from Young Jesus. Rossiter has combined these streams into a new solo album, on Pacific Nature Records, called the “Neverending Catalog of Total Garbage Heartbreak Aggregate” which includes two zines entitled “On Conceptual Beach”.
The record is a self-examination of the joy and sorrow- the hope within the sadness- filtered through a nylon-string guitar lent to Rossiter by his roommate. Inspired by playing his mothers old guitar and traveling with his band Young Jesus, Rossiter retreated to his room in Los Angeles to create guitar-based bedroom pop meditations. Ranging from personal and surrealistic pop songs to ambient guitar collage, the album is not merely a collection of singles. The music could be listened to as a soundtrack for two 25+ page zines, On Conceptual Beach 1 & 2, included in the download and available for purchase in physical format with the tape.
Influenced by the work of ancient Chinese poets like Wang Wei, Wang An-Shih, Hsieh Ling-Yun and authors like Julio Cortazar and WG Sebald, this bookstore clerk works out the daunting failure and negative emotions brought on by heartbreak (“Inks”), nostalgia (“Mom’s Guitar”) and melancholy (“Philadelphia”). The lyrics of songs like “Normal Dogs”, “To Need a Brokeness”, and “Mirroring” explore the space of introspection where reality starts to get tenuous- a discussion of existence and self-examination starts to emerge. Basketball with Karl Marx, talking to chickadees, holding the wind, and images of color tinged nostalgia populate the record which achieves its texture from a variety of “imperfect and strange sounding” guitar tones, all recorded and played by Rossiter. The blown out guitars on tracks like “Normal Dogs” and “Give Myself To Love” may sound like trash, but as Rossiter says,”but it’s wonderful trash. Compost-style. Generative and alive and squirmy. There's a joke embedded in a lot of serious things and its an important joke- full of pathos and sympathy.”
released February 28, 2017
All instruments recorded and played by John Rossiter.
Comes with digital versions of the On Conceptual Beach 1 & 2 zines