Lions of Cascadia
2010 – Bicycle Records
Cascadia is a dream. Before America, before the explorers came and renamed all of the mountains and the rivers. Borders were formed by communities, and histories were written in the heart.
Isabelle’s Paintings and Two Fantasies
2007 – Seven Inch Project
The first two tracks on this record were inspired by the work of California artist Isabelle Baum, who’s work has been on display at The Green House, a DIY venue in Arcata, CA. Backed by two new arrangements of older June Madrona songs for flute and melodica. The record itself has been pressed on heavy 70-gram, forest green vinyl, with deluxe matte-finished gate-fold jacket.
2007 – Bicycle Records
This is the fourth June Madrona album. It features Micah Ellison on melodica and Danielle Chiero on flute, and explores themes of family and place. This lineup takes June Madrona’s composition to a new level, as Micah and Danielle are both classically trained musicians. The songwriting is as articulate and powerful as ever, and the musical accompaniment lends a gravity and fullness never before heard in June Madrona.
“This, the fourth album from Olympians (the place, not the esteemed athletes) June Madrona is as articulate and atmospheric a record as you will hear this year. Led by the prolific and poetic Ross Cowman, the folksy three-piece is completed by classically trained Micah Ellison on melodica and Danielle Chiero on flute. The unique instrumentation lends these wistful, perceptive meditations on love, loss and youth a sense of otherworldliness; the tangible presence of those worries that nag at the back of your mind; the shapes you catch moving at the corner of your eye; the secret aches that burn the heart and sting the eye…”
Rock Louder – London – 10/07
The Winged Life
2006 – Bicycle Records
“He who bends to himself a joy, does the Winged Life destroy…” – Blake
Themed and titled after a work of William Blake’s, June Madrona’s second album “The Winged Life” explores themes of love and control. The lineup on this record is comprised of four people making use of guitar, cello, harp, glockenspiel, banjo, and of course, their voices.
“Fruitful and natural with astonishing songwriting to the end…”
Les Inrouckuptibles, Paris
“June Madrona sing modern day campfire songs. The crackle of the flames and the sweet smell of s’mores is nearly palpable.”
A Long and Ugly Road
-Les Inrockuptibles – July 24 2007