Songs: Ohia: Didn’t It Rain: Deluxe Edition

Didn’t It Rain: Deluxe Edition

Songs: Ohia

  • US $16.99  

  • Release Date 01 December 2014
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Product code
SC299CD
Format
Double CD Album
Label
Secretly Canadian

Secretly Canadian reissue Jason Molina’s masterpiece ‘Didn’t It Rain’ as a 2CD deluxe edition.

The release features the original album - an ode to the Midwest Rust Belt under which Molina was born and Molina’s (at the time) newfound Chicago home - as well as an additional disc of never-before-released demos.

The first demo shared was the haunting ‘Ring The Bell, Working Title: The Depression No. 42’, replete with gentle room noises, highlighting the intimacy of all the demos found on this deluxe edition.

Stereogum premiered the gorgeous ‘Blue Chicago Moon’, a song that reminds us all that this was an artist trying to discover himself and confront all his strengths and weaknesses within the context of his new hometown. The demo features what can only be described as an affirmation in refrain: “you are not helpless.” It’s through these seminal records of Jason’s and these newly released demos that we are able to feel more close to an artist who touched so many with his music by revealing and coming to terms with his own demons.

‘Didn’t It Rain’ is Jason Molina’s first perfect record. Recorded live in a single room, with no overdubs and musicians creating their parts on the fly, the overall approach to the recording was nothing new for Molina. The execution of ‘Didn’t It Rain’ clearly sets it apart from his existing body of work. His albums had always been full of space but never had Molina sculpted the space as masterfully as he does on ‘Didn’t It Rain’.

This expanded reissue presents Molina’s home demos of the record, eight previously unreleased tracks, complete with a distant playground full of children chiming in the background for a few songs. The glorious juxtaposition of Molina’s songs’ desolation and the blissful playing of children is about as haunting as it gets.

Tracklisting

CD 1: Didn’t It Rain
1. Didn’t It Rain 2. Steve Albini’s Blues 3. Ring The Bell 4. Cross The Road, Molina 5. Blue Factory Flame 6. Two Blue Lights 7. Blue Chicago Moon

CD 2: Demos
1. Didn’t It Rain
2. Ring The Bell (Working Title: Depression No. 42)
3. Cross The Road, Molina (Working Title: Chicago City Moon)
4. Blue Factory Flame
5. Two Blue Lights
6. Blue Chicago Moon
7. The Gray Tour (Working Title: Waiting Its Whole Life - later re-recorded for ‘The Grey Tower’ 7”)
8. Spectral Alphabet (later re-recorded for ‘Pyramid Electric Co.’)