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Amalgamated Sons of Rest – “Amalgamated Sons of Rest ” – [Galaxia]

mitch   6/24/2006   A Library, CD

Featuring the all-star melancholic trio of Jason Molina
(SONGS:OHIA), Alasdair Roberts (APPENDIX OUT)
and the redoubtable Will Oldham (BONNIE PRINCE
PALACE, et. al.), these card-carrying dejectables mine
the traditional with wake-observances of their own in
A surprisingly-routine outing. Oldham’s ‘Major March?
(# 5) is a standout of stark phrasing?.’I have grown my
hair out longer / I have grown my beard out, too / My
skin is failing / But you’d still know me, wouldn’t you?’
Stripped-down and despairing, with recording done by
PAUL OLDHAM, herewith are themes of longing,
whaling and death set to philosophical instrumentation
and 19th century threnody. Down-to-the-sea-in-ships of
infinite sadness where the depths claim her own, these
toilers suspend the poignant present for the harpy songs
of past, when the globe was a flattened parchment of
evil winds and heinous leviathans, magic passed for morals
and sailors were damned all the same. Billy Budd.
MITCH Dec 2002

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