Micah P. Hinson – The Holy Strangers – Album Review
IRISH TOUR –
05 October – Voodoo, Belfast
06 October – Roisin Dubh, Galway
07 October – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
08 October – Whelans, Dublin
This is Micah’s 9th album release dating back to Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress in 2004. There has been an album every other year since that first release, with his last release ‘Broken Arrows’ in 2015. Micah certainly has no problem with creativity.
The album was recorded in Denison, Texas, and has used many techniques to give it a vintage sound, including incorporating old reel to reels, and analogue keyboards such as old Tascam and Yamaha desks. It would be hard to pick a decade that this album is from, but the clarity of the sound would make it relatively recent.
The artist himself has said that the album is a “modern folk opera”. There is a story working its way through the full album. The tale is one of war, marriage, children and murder, but you’ll need to pay close attention to pick up all the various strands.
Micah’s own voice is what really sets his work apart, with his strong southern accent showing through. The centre piece of this album is the spoken work track ‘Micah Book One’, which is a long and rambling track half way through the album. This is not an album that will win many new fans, but it contains an austerity that is hard to ignore. It’s one of his strongest albums to date.
Track List –
The Great Void
The Years Tire On
The Holy Strangers
Micah Book One
The Last Song
The Memorial Day Massacre
The Lady From Abilene
Come By Here