Artists of the week: My Morning Jacket
Though originally deeply focused in the American music tradition, Kentucky-based band My Morning Jacket quickly expanded their rock, folk and country roots to sonic experimentations that include neo-psychedelic, funk, soul, prog and reggae. After releasing classic Americana records such as At Dawn (2001) and It Still Moves (2003), the band started to explore new sound landscapes that either produced some of their best records (2005’s Z and 2011’s Circuital) or their most divisive one (2008’s Evil Urges).
Meanwhile, their leader and singer-songwriter, Jim James, became a genuine indie icon thanks to his participation as a bandleader in Bob Dylan surrealistic biopic I’m Not There (2007) and as himself in American Dad’s My Morning Straightjacket episode (2009). His notoriety became even wider with the release of the eponymous debut of the American supergroup Monsters of Folk (2009) and of his critically acclaimed and much-anticipated solo debut Regions of Light and Sound of God (2013).
Their new and recently released LP, The Waterfall, showcases a band that hasn’t lost the impetus of following their muse even if, this time, she decides to mainly to stay within their alt country comfort zone (with the occasional electronic flourishes) in order to induce them to produce some of their most anthemic melodies and striding choruses of their career.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.