Daniel Higgs

The Godward Way

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"In these last days/There's not much to say/So you might as well sing." This lyric pops up a few times over the course of "The Godward Way," a 23-minute meditation that serves as the sole track on Daniel Higgs' session for the Latitudes series. Higgs was long a mysterious and enigmatic force as part of minimal post-punk bands like Lungfish and the Pupils, but when he struck out under his own name, things got truly intense. Albums like 2010's Say God were some strange mesh of insane street sermon and acid folk journey, with extended drones competing with Higgs' near-violent spiritual rant. The Godward Way is a slightly different shade of the same material. Phasing through long sections of seemingly improvised raga-esque passages of banjo and droning organ, Higgs breaks up the instrumental sections with plainspoken but cryptic lyrical interjections, more mantras than verses. The long and zoned-out piece reaches a subtle conclusion with a slight variation of the mantra, thick with delay on one line of Higgs' vocal. While it's not the brightest or most inspired of his solo work in this vein, The Godward Way fits into the more extrapolated looks into spiritual enlightenment that he's been exploring for the previous several albums, and if you're predisposed to that material already, it's just as easy to get lost in.

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