Emerald City (John Vanderslice album). Emerald City is the sixth album by American singer-songwriter John Vanderslice. It was released in the United States on July 24, 2007; it leaked to the Internet on or around June 23, 2007. The album is named after the nickname of the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad. I was so beaten down after the 2000 election and after 9/11 and then the invasion of Iraq, Afghanistan," said Vanderslice
John Vanderslice – Emerald City. Label: Barsuk Records – bark66. Format: Vinyl, LP, Album. 6th solo album for former MK Ultra frontman John Vanderslice. Recorded at Tiny Telephone.
Artists John Vanderslice Emerald City. Emerald City John Vanderslice. This album has an average beat per minute of 130 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 130/130 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. Tracklist Emerald City.
Emerald City is the sixth album by American singer-songwriter John Vanderslice. I was so beaten down after the 2000 election and after 9/11 and then the invasion of Iraq, Afghanistan," said Vanderslice.
John Vanderslice wrote the bulk of his new album while knee-deep in legal limbo after a visa application for his girlfriend, a French national he met in Paris, was rejected by US Immigration. The songs and themes in Emerald City are fueled by an era of deep insecurity and paranoia; they develop in front of a backdrop of ritualized and mythologized current events. Lyrically, JV's characters and storytellers track Manifest Destiny from burning wagon wheels to two-bedroom homes with full amenities in Bakersfield, California.
Emerald City finds John Vanderslice moving in a more organic direction, relying less on electronic studio trickery and more on the weight of lyrics in his songs, in the vein of the Decemberists or Neutral Milk Hotel. According to a press statement by Barsuk Records, Emerald City was supposedly written as John Vanderslice dealt with legal issues due to an incident where his Parisian girlfriend's visa immigration was rejected by . Of course, with Vanderslice it's hard to know the difference between fact and fiction.