When the troubled genius songwriter Jason Molina passed away last March, the album I turned to for mourning was Magnolia Electric Company, the brilliant document of red-eyed blue-collar trauma that shepherded Molina’s transition from the sparse folk confessionals of his early Songs: Ohia years to the fleshed-out bar rock of his latter-day project Magnolia Electric Company. That record’s opening track, “Farewell Transmission,” might be the greatest triumph of a songwriter with many, many feathers in his downturned cap. Now the album is getting a tenth anniversary reissue including a full disc of demos, and “Farewell Transmission” is among them, sounding even more haunted in its stark, skeletal state. It’s streaming below; listen.
The Magnolia Electric Company reissue is coming 11/12 via Secretly Canadian.