The main morsel of information to glean from the press release is that David Pajo's son is at least 29 years old. Dad meanwhile after having thrown it all out there with the cathartic 'Highway Songs' returns to a more acoustic based sound using layers of guitars to build up his affecting compositions. This could be very lovely indeed.
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We can perhaps forgive David Pajo for 'Highway Songs' the hit and miss effort that preceded this album. Lad had been through a bad time and was just throwing it all out there. I'm sort of seeing 'A Broke Moon Roses' then as the first 'proper' Papa M album since his recovery. It has a proper narrative and sounds, looks and smells like a record made by David Pajo.
If he likes one thing it's the sound of guitars intertwining. He's absolutely expert at it. Here he concentrates on the acoustic guitar and weaves his tangled magic across a series of tracks which show off his dextrous ability. The best is probably 'Walt's' an absolutely beautiful piece that is simply made up of two intertwining guitars, a simply drum and a shed load of atmosphere. Sort of like the things band like Rex did years ago. It's not all such spare fingerpicking, instead there's much frenzied strumming. 'Shimmer' is a six minute plus piece that showcases the same kind of strange chord changes you'd know if you've listened a lot to Slint records.
It's a low key, basically produced album with a soundtracky feel. At times I'm reminded of Will Oldham's 'Ode Music' records, music to soundtrack dusty film or the sound of one man faffing around with guitars...but excellently.
Real nice stuff.
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