Wednesday, August 7, 2013

ALBUM// M. Lockwood Porter: Judah's Gone

I'm a huge fan of Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes, which is perhaps why I was drawn to M. Lockwood Porter's latest release. The instrumentation is the embodiment of Americana, the tired acoustic drawl of a harmonica offset by a tumbling rhythm and the hopefully despondent story of a man who needed to tell it. The lyrical imagery is delightfully whimsical ("the pond was full of rain"), and Porter's occasional outbreaks of frustration resonate with rare believability. Some songs are duds, but the title track is a lesson in real life and resignation. The cover art however, is reason enough to grab a download from the Bandcamp!