Micah P. Hin­son

Presents The Holy Strangers

Mojo (UK) - - News - Martin As­ton

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.

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