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.
1 I'm A Suspect
2 Back For Me
3 How Far Is Spaced-Out?
4 I Snuck Off The Slave Ship
5 I Woke Up In A Fucked America
6 Copying The Rock
7 Coming Back (From The Distance Between The Spaces Of Time)
8 There Was Always Water
9 Down In The Ghostness Of Darkness
10 Sometimes I Wanna Dance
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