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.