by Nathan Reyna
Trey Johnson’s new album, Mount Pelée, has entered the rock universe with a sound that’s all his own, with intertwining influences of The Fray and Remy Zero. Johnson leads into the album with upbeat, piano-driven ballads, then softens it up towards the end with love songs. Following the tragic death of former Sorta bandmakte, Carter Albrecht, Johnson captures despairing yet hopeful and witty renderings that reflect a certain honest that’s hard to come by in these days of making it rain and good girls gone bad. The record truly reflects what Johnson holds dear without being melodramatic. At times, Mount Pelée has a proud, joyful quality with romping horns and whistful piano. “Unfavorable Way”, “Braggin Type” and “The Radio” are arguable the album’s most notable and heartfelt.
Paul Slavnes, host of 90.1 at Night and national treasure, takes listeners through Mount Pelée song by song.
by Jason Janick
Thank you, Trey Johnson. Thanks for giving Dallas yet another reason to be so proud of its underrated music scene. Right from the start, Mount Pelée captivates. Sounding like a distant relative of Sorta (Trey’s previous band), the disc is both familiar yet fresh. It’s also more mature than anything Trey has released to date, which is nice. Since the aging hipsters that grooved to Sorta’s songs a decade ago now have families and regular 9 to 5’s, they need a balladeer that can speak about their post-bar and beer college days.
Sorta was Dallas’ answer to Wilco, but Trey’s solo disc sprinkles that alt-country sound on just a few songs for flavor. Most lean more towards earlier influences, such as Bob Dylan and The Beatles. Acoustic guitars take a backstage to a softly stroked piano, making for a very mellow disc.The best tracks are “Old Reactions” and “Bragging Type.” Of course, it’s hard to find fault with any of the eleven songs found on this 44-minute masterpiece.