The art of Texas artist Will Johnson is on full display in the video for “Only in My Double Mind,” the first single from Centro-Matic’s forthcoming album, Candidate Waltz. The song is classic Centro-Matic, burly and brooding, rustic Rock ‘N’ Roll with Johnson’s soulfully, gruff voice providing the punctuation marks. The song, however, is only half the story here. The video also features Johnson creating a wall-sized painting of the art-work that would be the album cover. Together, the audio and visual, provide a fascinating look at the inner workings of Johnson, a man who’s been long active in the underground and long overdue for some exposure. A big label and a bigger budget could not have produced a better testament than the one Johnson made himself.
Centro-Matic’s latest full length, Candidate Waltz will be released on June 21st. For those new to the music of Will Johnson, a free, 24 song sampler, spanning Centro-Matic’s discography is available for free via the Centro-Matic website. Also, for the price of an email address, you can get a download of “Only in My Double Mind” by visiting that same website. Lastly, if you find yourself in or around Cleveland, Will Johnson and Centro-Matic will be in town for a show at the Beachland Tavern on Saturday, July 2nd.