Micah P. Hinson
Presents The Holy Strangers
FULL TIME HOBBY. CD/DL/LP A “modern folk opera”, according to its maverick Texan creator.
If Hinson is Americana’s Hunter S. Thompson – political views that predate Trump’s, a press photo of the artist beside a topless woman holding a gun – his sound avoids confrontation. His eighth solo album is typical Hinson, parched, cracked and deep-set, like his tar-coated voice, equal parts country-noir and Nashville. Except this time, Hinson has a tale to tell, an hour-long saga of a wartime family, birth to death (suicide and murder) via war and betrayal. The fire-and-brimstone oratory of Micah Book One and the finale Come By Here – aka Kumbaya, the ageless entreaty to God – might infer a Biblical reading but think of it more as a heady slice of deep Southern gothic. “Took the steps into the street and smelt the burning of horses through the smell of kerosene” runs The Lady From Abilene. Tragedy and regret, all captured in beautifully glowering analogue.
Mary Epworth: she’s big, she’s brave, she’s odd.