Our good friends at NPR are currently loving MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO.’s latest longplayer Josephine (released July 21), most recently featuring a fine tune from the album as NPR’s Song of the Day. In the post, NPR said of lead electrician Jason Molina’s songwriting prowess: “His repetition of themes and imagery never comes off as lazy; it’s creating a new kind of format for the blues, like haiku or cinquain or something.”
And they had these fine words to say regarding featured track “Whip-poor-will”: “It helps that “Whip-poor-will” is as achingly pretty and strangely catchy as anything Molina has written with Magnolia Electric Co. Propelled by a slide-guitar line that’s somehow both sunny and sad, “Whip-poor-will” finds Molina’s sad-sack narrator feeling small and looking helplessly skyward: “So all of you folks in heaven not too busy ringin’ the bell / Some of us down here ain’t doin’ very well.” Of course, that’s a bit of a poetic understatement right there: Molina and pain make an inseparable pair. Fortunately, beauty is always hanging out nearby.”
To see the entire story and listen to “Whip-poor-will,” visit the NPR Song of the Day page HERE.