Howlin' Rain Mansion Songs on LP
Ethan Miller aka Howlin' Rain on the making of Mansion Songs: "I walked out of the back end of my major label run and the first 9 years in Howlin Rain with no band, no label, no foreseeable immediate move forward and a figurative suitcase full of songs, my talent, invigorated by having nothing else to lose, exhausted by the bullshit and grind of the music business, this musical life, and all it's absolute bullshit and fucked tests, cynical but not bitter. I still wanted to make more records. I wanted to track the journey from nothingness back to creation in musical form in a set of three albums and rock bottom was the perfect place to start from. There's nothing to fake down here! It's a dark and beautiful and pure cave to create something truthful from. The first album in the trilogy is Mansion Songs."
Redemption comes in a multitude of forms. For Miller, it has arrived amid catharsis and transformation. The Howlin' Rain we thought we knew has evolved, on Miller’s newest, Mansion Songs, into something strange and true and beautiful, a sound made of cigarette ash and swollen moons, salt air and the eggshell light that comes just before the dawn.
"When I began this record, I most certainly hadn't given up, but I was in a dark and trying place," Miller adds. "I wanted the album to reflect a dignified despair. Often times that's what art is; elegant sorrow, pushing through despair with some kind of dignity, in search of a reasonable justification of life."
The result is an album that pines and yearns, lusts and wails. “Meet Me in the Wheat,” “Big Red Moon” and “Wild Bush” push the album into high gear, up-tempo jammers that form the yang to the mellow yin of the album’s deep feel ballads. Tracks like “Restless” and “Lucy Fairchild” ache like raw wounds or sway like lost, half-sunken ships. “New Age” is bright and clear-eyed and full of wary joy. “Coliseum” prowls, red-veined and hungry - claws out and teeth sharp.
Howlin' Rain Mansion Songs Track Listing:
1. Big Red Moon
2. Meet Me In The Wheat
4. The New Age
5. Wild Bush
7. Lucy Fairchild
8. Ceiling Fan