One year after Micah P. Hinson Presents The Holy Strangers, American musician and singer-songwriter Micah P. Hinson released a new album as Micah P. Hinson and the Musicians of the Apocalypse. When I Shoot At You With Arrows, I Will Shoot To Destroy You is out now via Full Time Hobby. It was all recorded in one day.
“There is a cathedral in the town of Santiago de Compostela,” explains Micah. “It is said to be the final resting place of St. James. Going back through history, pilgrims have been trekking to, and from, the cathedral for years, wanting to find peace, solace, and hope in their steps along the walk from France- into Spain- within the ancient Basque Country. Once inside the grand doors of this cathedral is a statue. A man named Master Mateo took it upon himself to carve it from stone in the 12th century. It is of St. James, surrounded by 24 musicians- seemingly trapped in stone of the ages- their ancient instruments in hand: some tuning, some looking, some simply sitting and waiting. They have been waiting patiently for over 800 years- waiting for St. James to lift his hands and begin to conduct them. They are The Musicians of The Apocalypse. They will bring Hell and Heaven to Earth. They will bring The Apocalypse.”
Right now, he’s playing some European shows (Italy in December, Germany, Spain, Austria and more from January); so we celebrate the new release with the narration of his path with 7 “must” songs from his meaningful albums. Check after the streaming of the new album.
Fuck Your Wisdom. One of the powerful songs of the new album. Minimal lines of the sound which underlines his deep and fragile vocals, a quiet and bright-dark “march” before the Apocalypse.
The Day Texas Sank To The Bottom Of The Sea. The closure track of his debut album Micah P. Hinson And The Gospel Of Progress (Sketchbook, 2004). This song represents at his best the ability to create sublime melodies to express the poetry of his writing and the touching intimacy.
I Keep Havin’ These Dreams. One of the tracks which shows his talent as composer and musician. The melancholic vibes of the stunning fingerpicking, of the first part fo the track, merges with the refined orchestral textures which draws the sweetness of the lyrics. It is part of 2008’s album Micah P. Hinson and The Red Empire Orchestra.
The Years Tire On. This solemn instrumental track is the right one to introduce his 2017’s album Micah P. Hinson Presents The Holy Strangers because reflects his idea of soundtrack narration which characterizes this full-length. One of his best releases and this track is the surplus.
A Dream Of Her. The title-track of the 2007’s three-track EP, released via Houston Party Records. An interesting song because reveals his “classic folk” side but in his own way. A long instrumental introduction and a short and powerful lyrics: “A dream of her, I honestly don’t remember when/Should I tell all my friends, I’m gonna do myself in/Sure they’ll try to stop me, try to call cops on me/But I kill myself, force them to give in/And it’s a long way to sanity but I know you won’t show me, anyway.”
The Same Old Shit. A song from 2014’s Micah P. Hinson and The Nothing (Talitres) which is a “rebirth” album, after a couple of good but faded works and also a new reply to the life challenges. I like this track because he uses a sort of cheerful rhythms to express a deep and distressed tought: “Is it gonna be the same old shit?/Day after day and after day/Don’t tell me it’s gonna be the same old shit?”
It’s Been So Long. One of the most tearing vocals performance which underlines the candor and refined “rawness” of his songwriting. The track is part of 2006’s album Micah P. Hinson And The Opera Circuit.