Papa M - A Broke Moon Rises

by Kevin Orton Rating:8 Release Date:2018-08-17
Papa M - A Broke Moon Rises
Papa M - A Broke Moon Rises

Whenever David Pajo (aka Papa M) pops up out of the blue, you know it’s going to be interesting. From his work in Slint, Palace to the now classic, Whatever Moral, Pajo can be relied upon to be more than meets the eye. His latest, A Broke Moon Rises might be at a loss for words but has plenty to say. If one takes the time to listen. ‘An Upright Path’ sounds like it might take a sinister turn at any moment. A taut instrumental soundtrack to a bleak, introspective Spaghetti Western of the mind. ‘Walt’s’ with its somber finger picking and yearning slide guitar is perfect for a candle lit winter’s evening indoors.  Contrary to the title, ‘Lighthouse Reverie’ begins with its ears pricked to attention, a driving, stirring pattern before taking a turn toward the beautifully transcendental. ‘Shimmer’ is the sound of giving chase on some desolate landscape at night. The album’s closer is the most ambitious piece of this instrumental offering, clocking in at over thirteen minutes. It’s a slow burning, spare piece that isn’t shy about its shyness. Delicately revealing itself before ethereally slipping from your grasp.

This is gorgeous, elusive stuff. Ruminating and meditative. Far from the madding crowd. The kind of music that won’t come to you. You must go to it. And when you do, the rewards are subtle and enduring.

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