Call this the Phantoms of Folk. Call this two lone wolves running together for one dark blissout of a night. Two of the finest indie-folk songwriters of the last decade come together under the Texas sky to quietly lay to tape 14 crushing, haunting tunes, leaving space enough in each to match their surroundings. In this collaboration between Jason Molina and Will Johnson, each seem to hold the other’s talents to fire and elevate both performance and creativity. In the friendly sharing of ideas, Molina and Johnson become two poet’s poets in a workshop, aimed to craft a singular, searing elegy.
Will Johnson describes this alignment of two red stars: “For ten days we wrote, co-wrote, workshopped, complimented, scrutinized, drank, invited friends to come play music, smoked, made lots of notes and drawings, drank a little more and shot the BB gun off the back porch when we just needed some time and space. In the throes of all this, our record was made in the late February sun.”
The album is also abound with contributions from other fine musicians, such as Magnolia Electric Co.’s Michael Kapinus and Texas songwriter Sarah Jaffe, whose plaintive vocals “All Gone, All Gone,” accompanied by the sound of a crying saw, will stir in your gut for days. Other accomplished contributors include Howard Draper, Bryan VanDivier and Scott Danbom.
Hear an mp3 of Molina and Johnson’s “Twenty Cycles to the Ground” HERE.
Molina and Johnson will be available on Secretly Canadian November 3 in the US, and November 2 in the UK. And check out the duo’s European tour planned for late November and December. There will also be a North American tour coming in early 2010.
Jason Molina makes an appearance in a documentary about Silkworm called Couldn’t You Wait? The Story Of Silkworm. Check out the trailer:
If you are in the Chicago area don’t miss this rare show. Jason will be performing solo as part of the 5th annual Second City That Never Sleeps + Letters To Santa show. This takes place non-stop at Second City from 7pm December 12th – 7pm December 13th. Admission is strictly at the door and is $10. This is a benefit show that helps Chicago area children and families. For more information you can go to the Second City web page. Come out to see the amazing all night improv and be part of the show. Come and bid on auction items such as a day of recording with Steve Albini, a solo Jeff Tweedy show in your living room, the handwritten and signed lyrics to the brand new Stooges record. This is a good time for a good cause. Alright!
In the tradition of his Pyramid Electric Co release, Jason Molina has recorded a solo album with engineer, Jim Zespy at his studio, The Projects in Bloomington, Indiana called Let me Go, Let Me Go, Let Me Go. This will only be available at his upcoming live shows and will be officially released later this year.
Happy by Tomas Barfod
Red Eyes by The War On Drugs
Lose Yourself (feat. RDX & Moska) by Major Lazer
Colony Glen by Gardens & Villa