Sebastopol (Limited Edition)
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||Feel Free||Jay Farrar||3:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Clear Day Thunder||Jay Farrar||2:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Voodoo Candle||Jay Farrar||3:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Barstow||Jay Farrar||3:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Damn Shame||Jay Farrar||2:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Damaged Son||Jay Farrar||3:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Prelude (Make It Alright)||Jay Farrar||1:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Dead Promises||Jay Farrar||2:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Feed Kill Chain||Jay Farrar||3:19||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Make It Alright||Jay Farrar||5:02||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Fortissimo Wah||Jay Farrar||0:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Drain||Jay Farrar||3:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Different Eyes||Jay Farrar||3:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Outside the Door||Jay Farrar||3:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Equilibrium||Jay Farrar||0:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Direction||Jay Farrar||2:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Vitamins||Jay Farrar||4:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
While his two bands - Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt - virtually defined the alt-country aesthetic, Jay Farrar's solo work has been a sleepy, psychedelic trip through those same sandy plains. His lyrics remain elusive, and his guitars are often open-tuned. But where Farrar once seemed to be chasing the desolate ghost of a Texas songwriter like Townes Van Zandt, on his first official solo album he sounds like a psychedelic cowboy from Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo. His voice is sometimes distorted with the keyboards sonically manipulated. "Damaged Son" fritters away on a violin-synth, "Barstow" loiters with David Rawlings on lap steel. "Voodoo Candle," the album's single, kicks up with the distorted guitar-play giddy-up of Son Volt. At 17 tracks, however, Sebastapol is a dreamlike excursion meant to take several days.
Let it grow...
Yes, this is a dark and brooding record, but that's what makes Jay Farrar who he is. These 17 songs will all find a place to nest in your heart if you play them on a long midwestern drive. Lyrically, Farrar is his typical, scattered self; often times bleak and giving up all hope. Don't come looking for Son Volt outtakes. Jay strays a little out of his comfort zone with sitars and mellotron-sounding strings, but he doesn't get brave enough to give us any brain-sticking pop hooks. They are more like dull thuds in your head, and they feel like Jay.
Jay at his best
This is an extraordinary album: great melodies, great lyrics, just Jay stetching it out. Wish he'd do it more.
Sebastopol is by far... The best Jay Farrar album... Fav. songs = "Feel Free" and "Feed Kill Chain."
Born: December 26, 1966 in Belleville, IL
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s