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Songs Ohia – The Magnolia Electric Co

Posted on: September 21, 2007

You guys in the southern hemisphere may now have a laugh, but it´s becoming autumn here. At the moment everybody enjoys the last sunny days, which are called Indian Summer in other parts on this freaky globe. The leaves become yellow, red and brown in every possible shade- the sun sinks rapidly earlier every day, the summer fades away. Songs Ohia´s album “The Magnolia Electric Co” is the perfect music for this time of the year, melancholic waves will flow around you and the pure beauty will make you lucky. Melancholic happiness, it´s not a contradiction – you just have to listen to this seventh regular and final album by Songs Ohia, which was largely a project of revolving musicians with singer-songwriter Jason Molina as its center and sole stable member. This nerdish guy records since 2003 with a stable line-up of band members as the Magnolia Electric Co, not only in the name a continuation of the last Songs Ohia recording. But in my eyes the best album Jason Molina released until today is this one, recorded by Steve Albini (like several other records at urbanology in past and future!) at Electrical Audio in Chicago. “The Magnolia Electric Co” marked a shift in direction for Molina´s project, left the more indie-styled of the earlier records behind and moved towards more Country and Americana influenced music. Neil Young, Will Oldham and Bob Dylan on their best days, but also Black Sabbath – “The Magnolia Electric Co” has it all and will touch you deeply with its bittersweet sentiment that forms the lingering heart of this album. Recorded live at the studio, with several guests like Scout Niblett, the atmosphere is overwhelming and taking.

And because urbanology will always serve you a little more, you also get the demo recordings of the album here. Which were distributed in a limited number within the first vinyl pressing as a bonus-CD of which urbanology is a proud owner… the demo recordings present the songs in a rougher, more exposed way – only played by Jason Molina on accoustic guitar at his home, sounding more simply and more intimately.

“I will try

No one ever really tries

I will be gone

But not forever.”


3 Responses to "Songs Ohia – The Magnolia Electric Co"

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