Exquisite Corpses is the first full length album in over a decade from Johnette Napolitano, best known as lead vocalist, songwriter, and bassist for legendary L.A rock trio, Concrete Blonde.
Johnette Napolitano has settled into her own studio in the high desert of Southern California, the Joshua Tree Recording Company, where she podcasts Coffee & A Card, her musings on the Tarot and all things supernatural, while continuing to create music for film and television, and write. A third volume of her self-published and acclaimed book series, Rough Mix, is expected late 2022.
Having toured the world, studied Flamenco in Spain, and art in Mexico, “the Joshua Tree Recording Company,” says Johnette, “is my dream factory. The National Wildlife Foundation just certified the property as official wildlife habitat. In the face of all the reckless, greedy development up here in the high desert, I consider it my greatest achievement.”
“Exquisite Corpses was a game invented and played by the surrealists in the '20s, the concept being that things that don’t seem to be connected turn out to be. The world has changed, everyone has lost someone and we not only have to go on, we have to carry on joyfully. For them," Napolitano continues. “The music of Exquisite Corpses spans a decade, 'Riding The Moon' is over 10 years old. 'Pacific Coast Highway' is a flashback, a reality check which took me a couple years to write and to get right as in recording it, spoken word is so much harder than singing. 'Crib Girl' is older, my ode to the pioneer women, and 'Voodoo Doll Ball' is a Halloween classic around here. 'Joey Dear' is a song about a song. My own cousin Rick melts the frets off the guitar on 'Watching The Dinosaurs Die.' Like the game, everything connects - it has a ‘wholeness’ about it, a sense of completion. Peace, even.”