Battlefield In Bloom

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    Edition of 10 recycled black/grey/clear cassettes with a paint pour by Mike Ricci in a clear norelco case with full color j-card designed by Mike Ricci and Wes Meadows. Edition of 10. Appearance will vary

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"Battlefield In Bloom" is a 6-song adventure through Mike Ricci's reclaiming of his musical identity through art. The songs range from musical interpretations of his high school poetry and stream-of-consciousness lyrics all the way up to plainly vocalized introspection and rumination. Lines like "Maybe if I spent less time writing songs/I'd be able to figure out what's wrong" from opener "Patterns Of Thought" take on new meaning when one considers that it's been over a year and a half since Mike even played a show. But he's back in action, with New Neighbors drum alum Drew Lipperman backing him up with steadfast masterful percussion and the Flowerpot Records roster providing the backing tracks. Frequent collaborator John Bukovac provides some slick slide guitar and Wes Meadows is running the board and providing the literal bells and whistles, in addition to some guitar and bass work. The whole package comes together with a new art form that Mike has been exploring during quarantine: paint pouring. Already adorning his guitar and many of the surfaces of his home and ours, one of his gorgeous works now provides the album and flyer with art that brings meaning to the title and really ties the whole thing up in a neat bow.

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released June 26, 2020

Mike Ricci - guitar, vocals, trumpet
Drew Lipperman - drums, percussion
Wes Meadows - bass, percussion, vocals
John Bukovac - lap steel guitar
Sara Villareal - vocals

Recorded by Wes Meadows and Mike Ricci at Sunnyvale Trailer Park and 44 Zeller Ct
Mixed by Wes Meadows
Mastered by Ben Wolgamuth
Artwork by Mike Ricci
Direction by Wes Meadows

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