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Indigo Girls

Monday, June 17, 2019, 1:00 AM

The Indigo Girls (Emily Saliers and Amy Ray) released their sixteenth studio album, One LostDay, on June 2nd.Vast in its reach, but unified by the traveler's sense of wonder, gratitude, andempathy, One Lost Day moves like a centrifuge, pulling the listener close to linger in the smallmoment, then casting out onto sonic currents. This is music of the past, present, and future aboundlessness earned and not bestowed. One Lost Day has a feeling of music composed acrosstime, not just in time. These songs are rooted in tradition and inventive, too: nourished in darksoils, leafing and luminous.Memories here are more than specters; they are evolutions. The album maps the dim corridors ofthe heart and mind, lifting and landing the listener across state lines and continents. Place is acharacter rich in the universal specific: "Boots on a board in a barn" in "Texas Was Clean," boys"under the bridge on the river shoals off GA 9" in "Fishtails," the New Orleans' 1788 fire and thefence around the St. Louis cemetery in "Elizabeth," the "sunny twist of Venice Chez Jay" in"Southern California is Your Girlfriend," and the devil-spawned Angola prison in Louisianawhere three black men sat wrongly convicted for decades, confined in solitary.The dirge-like ballad "Findlay, Ohio 1968" opens with a searing string and piano arrangementthat feels like slipping through a tear in the space-time continuum. After we reach the violin'sheld high-C and the heartbeat drums, and before Saliers kicks in with her chilling vocals, wehover, suspended in time, before landing gently on the hot asphalt of Grammy's driveway in1968, "poking hot tar bubbles with a stickthe smell of the trash and leaves burning in the can."What unfolds is pure narrative intuition, wherein the stuff of life, life's inventory the pall ofthe impending Kent State massacre, Sexton's poetry, Cathy's grief-stricken, beer-drinking mom,the dad who never returned from Vietnam, the fence-scaling girl ripping jeans, the boy withwandering heart and hands, the smell of Trenton's refineries and the slapping of the stationwagon's wheels are the metaphoric legs that carry the story and this song across time anddistance."Fishtails" tackles similar themes loss of innocence, coming of age but through a muchdifferent lens. Here, the narrator is the observer reflecting on the tender recklessness ofneighborhood kids, killing time in an abandoned copper mine, waiting to flee the confines oftheir small world, raging and hoping and "fishtailing in the dark from the time that they areborn." But the song is infused with new meaning in the juxtaposition of the boys' lives with Ray'sfather's long-ago Florida boyhood so similar in its restlessness, its sweet violence. Circularityrings like a keening bell, dazzling and devastating. A multi-layered instrumentalism allows thelong notes of the past to cradle the mid-tempo of the present, a lush but understatedorchestration.Regarding the aching ballad, "If I Don't Leave Here Now," Saliers says, "The song explores theterrible affliction of addiction and was partly inspired right after Philip Seymour Hoffman died. Iwas deeply affected by his death, but also know that addiction seldom spares the user. It is a songabout the desperate attempt to leave a bad situation where no amount of anything is everenough." The elegiac, stripped-down sound pairs beautifully with tender lyrics that recognizeaddiction not as a denial of life, but as a dangerous insatiability for life ("Killing yourself to keepfrom running out of life") turning the conventional addiction narrative on its head."Id rather have the strength to see through the lens of reality than rose-colored glasses," Raysays in reference to the raucous, rollicking "Happy in the Sorrow Key." "Musically, I wasinspired by the feel of Paul Weller and The Jam, but then I also wanted this big orchestral bridgeto mirror the feeling of lying in my bunk at night on the tour bus and drifting off to sleep scared but in awe of the process

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