The great Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis is famous for blazing, melodic, eardrum-rupturing, feedback-drenched solos, but his dazed, muttering, tired-of-the-world voice is just as essential a piece of his band’s sound. And on his own, Mascis has lately been using that voice in the service of lush, nostalgic folk-rock songs that sound completely natural coming out of him. Next week, Mascis will follow up his underrated 2011 solo effort Several Shades Of Why with a new one called Tied To A Star, and it is well worth your time. We’ve already posted “Every Morning” and the Cat Power collab “Wide Awake,” and now you can stream all of Tied To A Star at NPR.
Tied To A Star is out 8/26 on Sub Pop.