Papa M: Highway Songs review – newfound beatific air

(Drag City)

It isn’t a huge leap into pop psychology to posit that the key song on former Slint guitarist David Pajo’s first album in seven years is the closing Little Girl. The only non-instrumental among these nine songs, it’s seemingly about his daughter and an uncharacteristically straightforward foray into gentle singer-songwriter territory. Significantly, with its beatific air and simple, unvarnished positivity (“teach me to laugh again”), it suggests the near-fatal bout of depression he suffered last year might be behind him – here’s hoping. Elsewhere, he seems intent on tackling as many genres as he can in 28 minutes: The Love Particle is glitchy electronica, DLVD spectral folk, while there’s a metallic crunch to Green Holler. There are some sublime moments, but it doesn’t make for a cohesive whole.

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