PAPA M

A Broke Moon Rises

UNCUT - - New Albums - JIM WIRTH

DRAG CITY 8/10 Pajo must go on: Slint man’s in­stru­men­tal heal­ing

Dave Pajo helped to cre­ate one of his­tory’s most un­set­tling records in Slint’s 1991 glower Spi­der­land, be­fore a 2015 sui­cide at­tempt and a sub­se­quent road ac­ci­dent that left the Papa M au­teur in a wheel­chair added more fore­bod­ing to the Louisville gui­tarde­mon’s myth. How­ever, A Broke Moon Rises (sub­ti­tled “mu­sic for four acous­tic gui­tars”) is twinkly rather than tor­mented – a cousin of Jim O’Rourke’s post-rock glit­ter­ball, Bad Tim­ing. If 2016’s High­way Songs fath­omed dark­ness, here is hope, build­ing from the mi­nor-chord tan­gles of “The Up­right Path” to a spindly but tran­scen­dent reimag­in­ing of Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel Im Spiegel”. A dip in the sea of tran­quil­ity.

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