UNCUT - - New Al­bums - John leWiS

Mith JAG­JAGUWAR 8/10 dystopian min­i­mal­ism from the deep South avant-gardist

You don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to buy into Lon­nie Hol­ley’s re­mark­able back­story – a sculp­tor turned avant-garde mu­si­cian, born the sev­enth of 27 chil­dren to Alabama share­crop­pers 68 years ago – but it cer­tainly adds lay­ers of depth and in­trigue to his Afro-fu­tur­ist blues. “I Woke Up In A Fucked-Up Amer­ica” is the talk­ing point here – a wob­bly one-chord dirge, like Muddy Wal­ters growl­ing over a Sunn O))) jam. How­ever, it’s the hyp­notic, low-key mo­ments – the as­tral jazz of “There Was Al­ways Wa­ter”; the clunky, piano-led “Back For Me”; the dubby “How Far Is SpacedOut?” – that hit home emo­tion­ally.

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