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No Better Time

by Kacey Johansing

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Calle Falksten
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Calle Falksten Quite wonderful american pop.Kacey Johansings music checks the same 70s fm dial as groups like Tennis but her new album casts the spell even wider than that. Those in love with the unabashed romanticism that seeps out of albums like Kd Langs "Ingenue" and Prefab Sprouts "Andromeda Heights" will find a lot to warm to here to i believe. Favorite track: Even a Lot Feels like Nothing.
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Steven Moses Absolutely stunning. Soul-style production married with Kacey Johansing's rich and emotive voice make for an addictively beautiful combo. The variety here is incredible, from the slow jam of "Feels Like Going Home", to the light funkiness of "I Try", to the relentless 7/4 build of "Time Lapse Flower"; Kacey Johansing feels right at home in every style, and more importantly, it feels like coming home to listen to this record. Favorite track: Feels like Going Home.
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Three records from my last pop decade. "Black Star" by Sir David Bowie, "Carrie and Lowell" by Genius Sufjan Stevens and now, to close the magic triangle, "No Better Time" by this incredible unknown miraculous artist named Kacey Johansing. Every song is a gift. Thank you
Joe Borreson
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Joe Borreson Sometimes an artists music can evoke a place, a memory, or a time in ones life. For me, Kacey Johansing's music feels like Northern Californias West Coast. Specifically Western Marin County and the magic it holds in its beauty and fine people: it's open skies with light that only Nor Cal. skies produce, salty tinged breeze, rustling Manzanita and Bay Trees with blufftop grasses bending. I can't wait for this new one which seems to hold the same special vibe as The Hiding. Favorite track: I Try.
Robin and the Modest
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Robin and the Modest Yessss!!! Can't wait...all the best, Kacey!!
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Make Love 02:55
All of Me 03:33
Puzzle 04:24
I Try 03:41
Not Only One 03:56


Kacey Johansing will release her new album “No Better Time” on November 20th via Night Bloom Records. The album is an exploration of love and how one accepts it into his/her/their life. It asks how can someone allow love when the past is full of trauma. Can we become someone new and leave behind our former selves? Can place allow us that freedom? How does one find the strength to try again?

Across 11 songs Johansing wrestles to find the answers, her unmistakable vocals always leading the way. Anchored by powerful performances pulled from three days of live tracking with her band all in the same room, the album is bounding and energetic at its core. First takes were prioritized and perfection was rarely the goal. Rather, capturing an emotion and honesty from herself and the players was the rule of the day. The album pulls from Johansing’s love of classic pop—it’s her LA record—the place where she now resides and initially struggled to understand. Joan Didion said, “The future always looks good in the golden land, because no one remembers the past.” Kacey saw that and chose to tap into the creative buzz happening all around her—at small clubs and while dipping in and out of playing in friends’ bands, including in between tours as a member of Hand Habits. The resulting “No Better Time” is the sound of letting go and faithfully falling into step with a new way. There are vibraphones and swooping strings, grand pianos and doubled acoustic guitars, washes of tape delay and woodwinds—but it is the songs that continue to set Johansing apart. Here she unveils her strongest set yet.

Produced by Johansing and multi-instrumentalist Tim Ramsey (Vetiver, Fruit Bats), engineered by Tyler Karmen (DIIV, Alvvays) and mixed by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith, Cat Power), the album includes contributions from Todd Dahlhoff (Feist, Devendra Banhart), Trevor Beld Jimenez (Parting Lines) and Amir Yaghmai (Julian Casablancas + The Voidz).


released November 20, 2020

All songs written by Kacey Johansing
Produced by Kacey Johansing and Tim Ramsey
Engineered and additional production by Tyler Karmen
String arrangements by Kacey Johansing (4, 7, 11), Tim Ramsey (6, 7, 11) and Amir Yaghmai (4, 7, 11)
Recorded at 64 Sound, Los Angeles, CA

Mixed by Rob Schnapf
Assistant mix engineering by Matt Schuessler
Additional recording by Rob Schnapf at Mant Sounds

Mastered by Heba Kadry
Vinyl mastering by Amy Dragon

Photography by Chantal Anderson
Credits photograph by Aubrey Trinnaman
Album design and layout by Miles Wintner


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