Field of Trampolines is a perfect summer record, recorded at the eastern end of a long cross-Canada tour in August 2015. Shotgun Jimmie and his band (made up of Winnipeg’s wonderful Human Music) camped and played rock shows and swam in every possible lake. Crowds were surfed. They ate from orchards and cooked by fire. Field of Trampolines was produced by Joel Plaskett in his Dartmouth, NS studio. Joel is a magician and musician and a legend. They worked quickly, recording live and mixing fast in a single 4 day session. Joel captured the summer vibes like a glow bug in his bare hands.
Here are 10 songs celebrating life’s joys: life on the road (Join The Band), natural phenomenon (Solar Array), and camping (Triple Letter Score). There are a series of tributes to Jimmie’s friends and inspirations: The Constantines are saluted in Constantines Believer, Attack In Black in Love Letter, and the legendary Eric’s Trip in Song For Julie, Chris, Rick + Mark. Jimmie’s current life as a student at art school gets due airtime: “I’m losing sleep over Georgia O’Keefe” he sings in Georgia OK. And as the batteries run down on the nostalgic and entirely wonderful closing Walkman Battery Bleed, you’ll be looking to flip back to the A side and play it all over again.
Shotgun Jimmie has recorded and toured with John K Samson (of The Weakerthans) and collaborated with Julie Doiron. His previous albums Everything, Everything and the Polaris Prize nominated Transistor Sister have earned a large and enthusiastic following. Field Of Trampolines is a celebratory shot at the globe.