Jason Molina of Magnolia Electric Company and Songs: Ohia Passes Away at 39
|Jason Molina, 1973 - 2013|
And like the music of so many now-legendary rock stars (Cobain, Curtis, Smith, and on) whose explicit morbidity foreshadowed their own grizzly, self-inflicted demise, Molina's songs -- from the most dramatically sparse Songs: Ohia material to Magnolia's Electric Company's delicately twang-y country-soul-rock -- may be viewed as one career-long suicide note.
However, the spin we prefer relates to the powerful, emotional mysticism Molina invoked. Although sorrow is present down to song structure and the timbre of his signature almost-wimpering vocals, the flagship artist for Canadian label Secretly Canadian was defeating the bleakness described in his songs by channeling the gloom into expressive production. The beauty of how Jason Molina communicated sound and sentiment commandingly defeats the sadness described (and embodied) by the song at hand.
Its a shame that he seemingly unable to come to that realization himself.