Under the Songs: Ohia moniker, Jason Molina released an untitled one song EP for a subscription series on Temporary Residence Records called Travels In Constants. The EP went under the radar, lost between the release of the albums Ghost Tropic and Didn’t It Rain. Now, released on vinyl as Travels In Constants EP, the 18-minute long title track featuring just Molina and an acoustic guitar, is paired with a another lost epic, Howler, which clocks in at 13 minutes.
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Made around some of Jason Molina’s most slow-burning work in ‘Ghost Tropic’ and ‘Didn’t It Rain’, this longform tune was initially made bespoke for Temporary Residence’s ‘Travels in Constants’ music series. As patient as you like, Molina pushed this particular stylistic shift in his career to new extremes, performing morose guitar picks for seven straight minutes before his gorgeous, airy vocal completed the sparse ensemble. It is a typically sombre and languishing Molina tune, his strums becoming heavier and more pulsing at points but largely sinking into sorrow. This time around the record is completed with a b-side in “Howler”, a slightly weirder and wackier Songs: Ohia cut in its time that still ultimately exists in service of Molina’s swaying vocal melodies.
Surely an all-round must have for followers of Molina's blues, moons and stars.
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