Songs: Ohia

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Aside from this EP's "There Will Be Distance," there's no other recording of a Jason Molina song that features a guest vocalist performing the majority of his lyrics. It's strange hearing Molina's uniquely patient ruminations refracted through someone else's vocal prism, especially (perceivably) the gently matter-of-fact delivery of Darcie Schoenman. Stranger still is the moment at the end of her two-minute soliloquy when her voice lilts and cracks slightly, saying, "The thing is still that you will be gone/And I will have to leave the lights on so you can see to go." Molina's subsequent entrance seems completely unnecessary. The sudden introduction of his distorted guitar coupled with some particularly despondent howling is so overbearing that it almost ruins the lovely monologue that preceded it. Thankfully, Molina redeems himself on the remaining three songs, all of which are typically beautiful lo-fi reminders of why Songs: Ohia matters in the first place.

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