The expansive American experience Lonnie Holley quilts together across his astounding new album, 'MITH', is both multitudinous and finely detailed....
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The expansive American experience Lonnie Holley quilts together across his astounding new album, 'MITH', is both multitudinous and finely detailed. Holley’s self-taught piano improvisations and stream-of-consciousness lyrical approach have only gained purpose and power since he introduced the musical side of his art in 2012 with Just Before Music, followed by 2013’s Keeping a Record of It. But whereas his previous material seemed to dwell in the Eternal-Internal, MITH lives very much in our world — the one of concrete and tears; of dirt and blood; of injustice and hope. Across these songs, in an impressionistic poetry all his own, Holley touches on Black Lives Matter ('I’m a Suspect'), Standing Rock ('Copying the Rock') and contemporary American politics ('I Woke Up in a Fucked-Up America'). A storyteller of the highest order, he commands a personal and universal mythology in his songs of which few songwriters are capable - names like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Joanna Newsom and Gil Scott-Heron come to mind.
'MITH'p was recorded over five years in locations such as Porto, Portugal; Cottage Grove, Oregon; New York City and Holley’s adopted hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. These ten songs feature contributions from fellow cosmic musician Laraaji, jazz duo Nelson Patton, visionary producer Richard Swift, saxophonist Sam Gendel and producer/musician Shahzad Ismaily.
Side A: 1. I’m a Suspect 2. Back for Me 3. How Far Is Spaced-Out Side B: 4. I Snuck Off the Slave Ship Side C: 5. I Woke Up in a Fucked-Up America 6. Copying the Rock 7. Coming Back (From the Distance) Side D: 8. There Was Always Water 9. Down in the Ghostness of Darkness 10. Sometimes I Wanna Dance