Papa M

Highway Songs

Drag City

Dec 28, 2016 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


David Pajo's first album since his suicide attempt in 2015 assures it a high gravitas no matter the content. Yet even removed from context, the album is still one of the Slint founding member's finest to datevignettes rife with silvery guitar slashes and skittish lightning bolt beats, suggesting an intersection of the incorporeal with a sly acknowledgement that we're ultimately strings of molecules, the cruelest of cosmic jokes. Yet when Pajo samples his child plaintively cooing, "I love you daddy" during "The Love Particle," anything remotely jocular goes out the window, as these songs are stripped to their essencethey're irresistibly elegiac spiritual balms. (www.davidpajo.com)  

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