Sunday, January 1, 2012

M. Ward "Hold Time" (2009)

It's difficult for me to think about this record without thinking about spirituality.  Not in a "Jesus come save me sense", but in a transcendentalist sense of cosmic awareness.  Not many songwriters are working in the rock tradition that seem open to that sense of spirituality, it's something I would associate more with post-Coltrane jazz players.  But the reverb & distortion somehow only add to that quality, as if the music is heard quietly through the veil, as it emmanates from another plane of existence.

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