This digitally remastered reissue of 2011's 'Cowboy's Prayer' was previously only available as a download. Now, with a new album due and a substantial tour of the US, Canada and the UK in the pipeline, Boston-based Jordan Lee and his ever-changing gaggle of backing musicians release their debut EP on vinyl and CD. Lyrically rich, this record deals with global warming and changing landscapes, to a shimmering backdrop of warm, fuzzy and slightly surreal pop.
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I recall reviewing one of this chap's records before and being fairly underwhelmed, but I'm quite enjoying this short but sweet reissued EP from Mutual Benefit. 'The Cowboy's Prayer' originally came out in 2011 and contains five songs of Jordan Lee's weird brittle atmospheres, part tumbledown Maher Shalal Hash Baz acoustica, part earthy ambient dronepop, the songs expand and contract with a quiet, thoughtful life of their own.
Opener 'Auburn Epitaphs' has a nice These United States-ish sideways pop lilt to it and I'm particularly liking the buried backing vocal drones and plangently swooping guitar melodies in 'Backwards Fireworks' and the flickering synth bloops of 'The Cowboys Prayer', but the whole LP has a dreamy, carefree feel to it, drifting nonchalantly through some deceptively tightly-written pop melodies stretched airily into dreamy intangible dronescapes that shift smokily around accompanied by tinkling, scratching field recorded textures. Pretty.
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