TRACK | the lentils – dark days

5/5 golden merles

“Dark days” has a rich interweaving of language and imagery, with much invention and insight to it. Some passages unfold like a series of pronouncements related only in the context of the authors life, but there’s much to relate to within the common era as described.

Illustrative and confessional, the primary preoccupation of the author seems to be achieving a greater capacity for kindness and to apply self-criticism where it is found lacking; to summon and to wonder.

they’re looking to buy the rain
but their hands are too small
let the gods that are still left alive
obscure the fly balls

Recontextualizing these myths while drawing on the poetic history is a valuable and entertaining dialog to construct, for me. I love a good line humanizing gods in their mundane pursuits. It reminds me of another from Amy Annelle’s “Forever in-between“: your gods are tired of you following them around.

Pinter writes, “But the real truth is that there never is any such thing as one truth to be found in dramatic art. There are many. These truths challenge each other, recoil from each other, reflect each other, ignore each other, tease each other, are blind to each other. Sometimes you feel you have the truth of a moment in your hand, then it slips through your fingers and is lost.”

So why not many, an array of them within the work, same song, line by line? The narrator is reliable enough, time itself is faulty. They refuse to be bound within the boring, linear structures, subverting them as another means of addressing their limitations, stretching the codified uses of language. The good balance is struck, a fun and frightful dichotomy. $5, here.

TRACK | The Lentils – some people sure can leave a mark

5/5 golden merles

I am a fan of The Lentils and think Luke Csehak is one of the best songwriters working in the cesspool of innovation that is our common era. “Some people sure can leave a mark” is a track of great ambivalence, ruminating and rejoicing in the navigation of interpersonal alternate timelines, and of acceptance for the one we find ourselves enduring.

I would settle for being kind to myself / and just once deny the idol of my regrets

The track balances the interlocking plucking and melodic spirals well with the focused yet expansive subject matter. And the depths of the topic are sufficiently plumbed: the outsized influences of some brief instances and acquaintances, influential hinge points of inflection at which dramatic alternate directions might have been taken. There’s extensive scrutiny in the musings and the introspection is finely honed.

ALBUM | The Lentils – Brattleboro is Flooding

5/5 golden merles

Brattleboro is flooding is one of my favorite albums of the last decade.

Sweet Disease is one of the finest tracks of that admirable set. Although it feels like the dawn rising, it is the 2nd to last song on the album. Not a bad way to end: a beginning factored in, locked and loaded. Something to remember and maybe clumsily burglarize.

Csehak has written many rich and originative lines in his time occupying space on this earth and more than a few of them found their way into this album.

“You gotta hand it to the other side / at least they’re forgiven.”

Other standout tracks are I lost my favorite enemy, a theory of drowning, and brattleboro is flooding.

These fine young thugs have found their way onto most mixes I have made over the last few years. The Heart is a lonely Mangler (Botanical Castings) and The Loaves of Oblivion (11 new flavors of oblivion and why the shining ones don’t want you to know about them) will feature on this archive at some point soon, if I am to continue having these things appear daily.