Six months after New Jersey folk collective River City Extension released their third studio album Deliverance, they announced their Farewell Show. Now, less than a year later, songwriter and recent Philadelphia resident Joe Michelini is proud to announce his next project American Trappist. With influences ranging from the haunting folk of Toronto's Timber Timbre, to the melancholy cinematic songwriting of Angel Olsen, Michelini delivers a "post-mortem exhale" of loss, longing, and existential reconciliation in three parts this summer.
The first part, entitled In Satan's Kingdom National Park, will be released via Michelini's Philadelphia based record label Death Salon on June 1st and is accompanied by a live performance at the Asbury Park Yacht Club in Asbury Park, NJ on June 1st. This performance also marks the beginning of a summer long residency at the intimate beach-side venue. Philadelphia residents can attend a second hometown release show on Saturday June 4th at Ortlieb's Lounge. Satan's Kingdom will feature four new songs (listed below), and deals with Michelini's heightened sense of universal spirituality in contrast with his growing contempt for the church. "I don't care about religion, do believe I am forgiven," he sings on the album's title track.
"American Trappist is less of a band and more of a songwriting project," he says. "Line-ups and arrangements will vary. It's all about the recorded work, to which these live performances will be an accessory."