Jason Molina - Eight Gates - LP

Jason Molina - Eight Gates - LP

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1 LP - download - limited strawberry shortcake splash coloured vinyl 

Sometime in 2006 or 2007, Jason Molina moved from the midwest to London.

Separated from his bandmates and friends and never one for idleness, Molina explored his new home with fervor.

His adoration of The Great American Tall Tales like John Henry and Paul Bunyan's blue ox Babe stretched across the Atlantic, where he created his own personal Tall Tales. And when he learned of the London Wall's seven gates (itself a misconception), Molina went ahead and called it eight, carving out a gate just for himself.

The eighth gate was Molina's way into London, a gate only passable in the mind.

Fast forward to 2008, Molina set off on an experimental solo tour through Europe. While in Northern Italy, Molina claimed to have been bitten by a rare, poisonous spider. A debilitating bout of illness ensued. Molina also claimed that during this time, he fed several bright green parrots that would gather in his yard.

Only once Molina was officially on the mend and re-exploring the streets of London would he learn that those parrots had their own fabled tale. "Eight Gates" is the last collection of solo studio recordings Molina made before he passed from complications related to alcoholism in 2013. Recorded in London around the time of the supposed spider bite, some of the songs are fully-realized - dark, moody textures that call to mind his earlier work on "The Lioness".