The new Father John Misty album, “Pure Comedy,” is a professional collection of songs brooding of Post-Modern neurosis. I could spend the entire essay focusing on the lyrical content, which bloats the extensive track-list, but there’s so much complexity in his world-view that it may be best to either take it or leave itRead More
Justin Vernon spontaneously materialized, instantly finding a place in the playlists of American and European listeners in 2007, with the release of his album “For Emma, Forever Ago.” Heart wrenching and vulnerable, stripped down and timeless, that first album proved original enough for hipsters and accessible enough for soccer moms.
The mythology around Bon Iver began with that first album: he had broken up with his girlfriend and his band, contracted a serious illness, recovered and retreated to isolation in the woods of Wisconsin. There he hunted for his food and stayed in his father’s cabin.Read More
While reading about Joni Mitchell I was impressed by how prolific she has been. Her talent has been immense. Not only has she proven a fantastic instrumentalist and singer, but her techniques and aesthetics have remained uniquely her own.Read More
Some of the most influential and idealistic songwriters, like John Lennon, have claimed that music can change the world. Other musicians, like Bono, have used their fame to effect political change. On the other hand, much of the popular music today self-orientated and superficial. Even still, this is entertainment; an example of music as not-so-much saving the world, but making it a less shitty place to be.Read More