BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating — Will Johnson is certainly no slacker. Aside from serving as the front man for the bands Centro-matic and South San Gabriel, he’s spun off a successful solo career that also includes several side projects — the super groups Monsters of Folk and New Multitudes in particular — and opportunity to lend his services to others. Consequently, his latest effort, Hatteras Night, A Good Luck Charm, is a bit of a mixed bag, songs that retain his typically low-lit demeanor (“Childress, “Ruby Chameless,” “Hey-O, Hi-O”) with only the occasional uptick in enthusiasm (“Heresy and Snakes,” “Predator”). That said, “Every Single Date of Late” is unusually strident, especially considering Johnson’s usual measured meanderings. Truth be told, Johnson makes little concession to accessibility, but those who are partial to songs with a decidedly sunset sensibility ought to find Hatteras Night, A Good Luck Charm a cautionary tale as intriguing as its obtuse title might suggest.
DOWNLOAD: “Heresy and Snakes,” “Predator,” “Ruby Chameless”