I was thinking something similar. Not so much O'Rourke's solo stuff but that there is definitely an affinity between that very sparse, slow, restrained sound (i.e. Low and Smog on Red Apple Falls) and tracks like On The Beach (in particular). I never tire of boasting about the time I saw Bill Callahan do a set in NY with O'Rourke/Grubbs/Pajo as his backing band and I think you can see the influence of this album on that particular sound.I thought of Jim O'Rourke's Insignificance during a couple of numbers, which is probably way off the mark but that's how my brain works.
Dunno, don't care. The trouble with Neil Young is I had a lot of sympathy for the character portrayed in the lyrics, but if that character is just some dick whining about stuff then fuck himAre most great artists not dicks?
I don't have any heroes. How could you have a hero that wasn't sound?I long ago disabused myself of the notion that my heroes were nice people.
Storytone is, indeed, shite. I might have to revisit A Letter Home since a few people have given it a thumbs up in this thread. Haven't heard Monsanto Years yet - will have to give that a listen before I go to see him in Belfast this summer with my dad.The Monsanto Years has grown on me, it's far from a classic but at least it cleared the air after that stinker Storytone.
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