Jjango Cleefworth Morriconez – Compañeros Dos
Jjango Cleefworth Morriconez – Bordertown Astronaut
Jjango Cleefworth Morriconez is the latest moniker of Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens, following on his releases as George&Caplin, Wentworth Kersey, and Runway Estates, and adding new material to his construction of a new western aesthetic that speaks to the sounds and themes aroused by its historical landscape. The new moniker is christened by The Poquito Pioneer, on Wil-Ru Records July 13th, and arrives alongside his solo debut Highway Driveway, on Plastic Sound Supply. Both albums are high concept pieces; psychedelia with a country tinged croon and ringing drones that reference Spanish horns, exploring the artifacts and decline of the traditional “west”. Set amidst “teetering border towns” and – in The Poquito Pioneer – ultimately leading to the narrator’s childhood home in the decrepit skeleton towns near the over-salinated Salton Sea, it’s a tremendously compelling song cycle and Stevens’ evolving vision.
The Poquito Pioneer and Highway Driveway will both be available July 13th, on a cassette from Wil-Ru here and a CD from Plastic Sound Supply here, respectively.