Sunday, August 17, 2008

The many forms of Jason Molina - Magnolia Electric Co.

I have never really gotten around to explore the music of Jason Molina - until last week... and that can only be desribed as a case of better late than never! This guy is a rock-solid songwriter and an enjoyable, soulful singer. Fans of the cheerful country rock of The Jayhawks should definitely take notice. Neil Young and Will Oldham also spring to mind when listening.

For the past ten years, Molina has crafted music of consistently high quality but - to some confusion - under several names. Most important is Songs: Ohia - mainly low-key, introspective band. In 2003, he turned to a more country rocking style which he marked by changing the band name (and some members) to Magnolia Electric Co. - which also was the name of the last Songs: Ohia album... Confused?

Last year, Magnolia Electric Co. released 'Sojourner', a wonderful wooden box containing 4 CDs and 1 documentary DVD. The four CDs count three abums and one EP and they consist partly of new material and rearranged versions of formerly released songs, including 'Don't fade on me' and 'Hammer down'.

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