“An artist who has withstood the ever-changing (and ever-bipolar) variety of my musical tastes is the hauntingly raw Songs: Ohia (the pseudonym for solo artist Jason Molina). His acoustic guitar rings with honest flourishes of Southern blues, and Molina’s smooth voice coupled with descriptive lyrics projects a unique essence of bone-chilling loneliness. The album Didn’t It Rain on Secretly Canadian Records acts as a sort of vessel, bringing listeners into an old pickup truck on a desolate road during a rainy witching hour. The smell of coffee seeps from a thermos and the stories flow, almost in a whisper, as he drives out of town. ‘See the light of the afterworld shining on the ruins / See its sulphury shine, from the bridge out of Hammond.’ The character of the record isn’t warm, but amongst the isolation rests a familiar understanding. Sort of like a polite nod from a trucker at a rest stop – stoic, leathery and real.”
(Pop-rock outfit A Brilliant Lie celebrates the release of its debut EP,Regarding Harry Lime, Saturday, May 28 at Back Booth with guests Surrender Me!, the Watership Sound and Autumn Empire. Admission is $5 or free through their website, abrilliantlie.com)
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