A Broke Moon Rises
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.