Molina & Johnson was a collaboration between Magnolia Electric Co.’s Jason Molina* and Centro-matic front-man Will Johnson. Two of the finest indie-folk songwriters of the last decade came together under the Texas sky to quietly lay to tape 14 crushing, haunting tunes, leaving space enough in each to match their surroundings. In this collaboration between Molina and Johnson, each seem to hold the other’s talents to fire and elevate both performance and creativity. In the friendly sharing of ideas, Molina and Johnson became two poets in a workshop, aimed to craft a singular, searing elegy.
The album is also abound with contributions from other fine musicians, such as Magnolia Electric Co.’s Michael Kapinus and Texas songwriter Sarah Jaffe, whose plaintive vocals on “All Gone, All Gone,” accompanied by the sound of a crying saw, will stir in your gut for days. Other accomplished contributors include Howard Draper, Bryan VanDivier and Scott Danbom.
* Jason Molina passed on from this life at the age of 39.
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