"Road Silk" is the first piece of music to be made public from Motioner, the debut solo project from recent Minneapolis transplant BJ Burton. Although Burton's musical pedigree is glistening with accolades and accomplishments, the music of Motioner stands alone as a powerful display of his depth and vision as a musician, writer, and producer.
For the last couple of years, BJ has spent most of his studio time behind the board, recording and mixing many great records from bands like The Rosebuds, Megafaun, Polica, and Marijuana Deathsquads, as well as actively working with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) at his Wisconsin based studio on various upcoming projects. Burton recently gave up his duties as a member of The Love Language (Merge Records). After co-writing and producing their latest record as well as playing guitar in the North Carolina act, he dug up his roots and firmly planted them in Minneapolis.
The music of Motioner, however, is unlike any project he's been a part of to date. It is a fresh display of Burton's unique point of view as a musician, and as a sonic manipulator. Although the sound is nostalgic in nature, recalling elements of shoe gaze and alternative rock, it is a fresh take on the wall-of-sound aesthetic and guitar-driven overtures. "Road Silk" is a shining example of Burton's understanding of melody and composition, and showcases his gorgeous, ethereal vocals and infectious guitar work. It is currently the only available recording of Motioner, and is a convincing glimpse into what will surely be an impressive debut.