A Day Trip With Hall Johnson
By Violet Krause
The collective sound of Hall Johnson in their most recent EP lets you know they feel no rush to get where they’re going and are rarely glancing back to see if you’re following along.
Hall Johnson is an authentic group of DFW locals who seemingly have no issue entering a room barefaced, emotions clear and keeping them always within reach. The relatable kind of vulnerability is consistent and impossible to not notice in the recently released EP ‘Day Trip’. The EP was recorded under the wing of producer Ian Salazar (of Acid Carousel), whose concrete ingenuity led to six alluring full length songs. Each song is compressed with enough soothing and honest words to leave you feeling exposed while subsciously pausing to wonder why the picture painted in songs like ‘Oxygen’ seem so familiar.
There's a remarkable amount of tension throughout the EP as a whole, lyrics spread out in each song are pieced together in the form of a failed love story as well as the list of things seemingly left unsaid. ‘Fencing’ is a track containing a certain fragility that leaves you to recall the feeling of standing on the outside of a romantic wall with only innocent intentions of pursuing what’s behind it. The feeling of laying on your teen bedroom floor counting the blades on your ceiling fan worrying about things you can't change is imagined perfectly in ‘Rock Bottom’. The groups ability to present their emotions in a steady, sensitive process allows listeners to engage wholeheartedly throughout the entirety of the EP. The songs meanings might come across as casually spoken but there is a certain meaningfulness that each possesses that also helps differentiates one from the other.
You can draw an interesting conclusion that the ability to combine a modern and attention grabbing sound with newly expressed emotions is something Hall Johnson has begun the process of mastering. There is the sense of pure confidence in their presentation that invites audience to listen and relate, while at the same time offering reassurance that their originality won’t be straying from their sound anytime soon.