Joe Michelini (of River City Extension) Announces New Project American Trappist

Six months after New Jersey folk collective River City Extension released their third studio album Deliverance, they announced their Farewell Show. Now, less than a year later, songwriter and Philadelphia resident Joe Michelini is proud to announce his next project American Trappist. With influences ranging from the haunting folk of Toronto’s Timber Timbre, to the melancholy cinematic songwriting of Angel Olsen, Michelini delivers a “post-mortem exhale” of loss, longing, and existential reconciliation in three parts this summer.

The first part, entitled In Satan’s Kingdom National Park, was released via Michelini’s Philadelphia-based record label Death Salon on June 1st, accompanied by a summer residency at the intimate beach-side venue Asbury Yacht Club every Wednesday night. It was also released along with a video for the single, “No Bibles,” which Baeble Music said “Michelini has truly found himself not just a songwriter, but as a visual artist.” On July 6, the haunting singer-songwriter released the second part of the album, On The River Toms, along with another video for “Nothing Short of Faithful,” which was praised by American Songwriter, who observed “pensive, longing lyrics backed by an upbeat guitar melody.” He then released the third and final part, Hannah Future Tense, on August 5 which was once again accompanied by another video for the track “All Night Diner” via Consequence of Sound.

The self-titled LP is set to be released in full on September 2nd and he will be performing at Philadelphia’s Johnny Brenda’s on August 27th with Oldermost and Hemming (solo), tickets here:


1. Satan’s Kingdom

2. No Bibles

3. Heaven

4. The Devil Is Real

5. On The River Toms

6. Sour In The Rye

7. Nothing Short of Faithful

8. Jackie

9. The Afterglow

10. Fireworks

11. All Night Diner

12. Up In The Air

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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