Songs: Ohia/Magnolia Electric Co. chairman Jason Molina is set to release his first music since 2009′s Steve Albini-recorded Josephine LP, and his first solo music since 2006, with next week’s eight-song Autumn Bird Songs. The mini-album was composed and recorded years ago “to and for” the artwork of William Schaff — who has made mixtape covers for mixtape covers for the likes of Okkervil River, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Monster Movie, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Kid Dakota, and Songs: Ohia — all of which is being documented and compiled into an 82-page book with a foreword by the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle. The project was shelved until Kickstarter came along, which means that a) the set is funded and now being released and b) this is the first article maybe ever that’s mentioned “Steve Albini” and Kickstarter” and not Amanda Palmer WHOOPS I just blew that opp. “Heart My Heart” is a typically touching bit of quavering, rootsy melancholia from a master of the form, and is streaming here for you:
Autumn Bird Songs is out 9/25. From the Soundcloud page comes this info: “The retail version of the book comes with a rainbow center spray black 10″ of ’Autumn Bird Songs’ which is limited to 350 copies. These go on sale at midnight on the 25th almost exclusively at graveface.com.” Get the jump on purchasing the set by subscribing to the mailing list here.