A SHORT HISTORY OF DECAY TV, OUT NOW Gothic Americana from the recovery room.
One of the highlights of John Murry’s 2012 LP, The Graceless Age, was the harrowing Little Colored Balloons, which recounted the heroin overdose that left him technically dead for five minutes. Haunted and lachrymose, his second album seems unable to forget the experience. Allied with Murry’s melodious country rock and new wave sensibility, the results are rich in impact and surprise. The elegiac Miss Magdalene imagines Jesus dwelling amid the junkies, the bizarrely upbeat One Day (You’ll Die) keeps up the religious imagery while interpolating Santo & Johnny’s 1959 instrumental Sleep Walk, and sombre finale (and Afghan Whigs cover) What Jail Is Like ladles on the revelatory guilt once again. IAN HARRISON Listen To: One Day (You’ll Die) | Miss Magdalene