Buckle up a second time today, dear KMA Readers, for here once again we honour one of our own!
The brilliant J. of Resurrection Songs has a band, and they make incredible music. Through the negotiations over payment for the Grail List Neko Case record I found for him and sent across the pond to him, he sent me Jim Dead’s album (the highly recommended Ten Fires) and this EP! This is a real gift, indeed! You can keep up-to-date on news from the band here at their web site!
Jim Dead – I’m Not Lost (EP) (2013)
Picking up from right where Ten Fires left us wanting more, Steady Us leads us into this EP with a western acoustic and tremolo gorgeousness. I swear, there’s a sensibility and feel here that just hits that right note! Nine Years is up next, with a strummy acoustic over top of a distorted guitar wash, to make sure we remember that everything has an edge. “Wake me up before I hit the ground…” and then that eerie howl at the end… Whoa!
Gold + Silver, through the good headphones, brings Jim’s voice right up close and personal as the acoustic strums away in the background. It’s the vocals and his message that have the weight here, and it’s fantastic. That line “in someplace north of here” has a special resonance in a Canadian’s heart. After all, we have a lot of north, here! Giving Up The Ghost brings back the bluesy dirt stomp that would sound so great coming out of a jukebox in a desert town roadhouse full of bikers. Hot damn, I love this style. This is Tarantino soundtrack material!
Stealing A Mile is another sweltering-sun slow tune with the most satisfying low notes, oh man. I totally dig the slide electric. What a great tune, seriously! And finally it’s the slow ache of Head Full Of Booze. Ha, we’ve all been there, and this song totally captures that feel. This is pure country, drunk and she’s leavin’… oh hells yes.
I said it in my Ten Fires review, earlier today, and I’ll say it again now: Jim Dead is my favourite new-to-me act. These songs have so much feel, a real genius to the layering of instruments. Genius, you say? Yes, true artists can make powerful things seem effortless, and Jim Dead is indeed doing that with aplomb.
Thanks SO much, J.!