Lonnie Holley – Mith (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:16:53 minutes | 788 MB | Genre: Blues, Soul, Psychedelic
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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 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 10 songs feature contributions from fellow cosmic musician Laraaji, jazz duo Nelson Patton, visionary producer Richard Swift, saxophonist Sam Gendel and producer/musician Shahzad Ismaily.
01. I’m a Suspect
02. Back for Me
03. How Far Is Spaced-Out?
04. I Snuck Off the Slave Ship
05. I Woke Up in a Fucked-Up America
06. Copying the Rock
07. Coming Back (From the Distance Between the Spaces of Time)
08. There Was Always Water
09. Down in the Ghostness of Darkness
10. Sometimes I Wanna Dance