Hitting shelves of independent record stores around the world tomorrow (9/22) is MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO.’s exclusive new Rider.Shadow.Wolf. 7″ that finds the band introducing a surf-rock dynamic into its signature punch. The track is the standout among the plethora of cuts recorded during the same productive session that gave us the band’s most recent longplayer, Josephine. On “Rider.Shadow.Wolf.,” Molina’s tired rider, just having battled the desert, now meets the eternity of the ocean.
Also found on the limited 7″ is a stripped-down, early take of “Josephine.” This particular recording of “Josephine” was laid down just after the song’s inception, during the session that will later be released as a collaborative album from Molina and Will Johnson of Centro-matic. This version features Molina, Johnson and Magnolia jack-of-all-trades Michael Kapinus on keys, and serves as a preview of what’s to come in the arc of Molina’s career. Keep an eye out for more news on the Molina/Johnson collaboration coming very soon.
Meanwhile, a documentary filmed during the making of Magnolia Electric Co.’s Josephine LP called Recording Josephine has appeared on venerable music site Pitchfork Media as a One Week Only feature. The documentary offers some intimate and often hilarious peeks into the band’s time at Steve Albini’s Electical Audio Studios. Of special note is lead guitarist Jason Groth fulfilling a lifelong dream by way of absolutely nailing a saxophone solo in the studio. Watch the video by going HERE before the features ends Friday. Fun fact: The intro to the video features the tune “Rider.Shadow.Wolf.”