Hallowell - Hallowell LPGreat Comfort Records
Hallowell is modern sacred music from Vermont by Joseph Pensak, his first project since Come, O Spirit!, Bifrost Arts’ seminal record, which featured vocals by indie rock luminaries Laura Gibson, Damien Jurado, J.Tillman (Father John Misty), David Bazan, Rosie Thomas, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and more. Growing up in Memphis, TN was hearing stories from MeMe about Elvis buying Cadillacs for strangers, watching the world open up as a hero high school quarterback neighbor opened the liner notes to R.E.M.’s Fables of the Reconstruction, and driving home after track practice blasting The Breeders’ “No Aloha” from a mixtape, thinking it was the greatest single recording in the history of mankind (it probably is). College in Mississippi was sitting with his bandmates in awe as the gentle whir of a VHS gifted us Björk’s “Possibly Maybe” live at Shepherd’s Bush, seeing Morphine a week before Mark Sandman died, and drowning sorrows on lonely midnight roads to Red House Painters’ “Katy Song” after his now wife rightly dumped him. In one
moment, all of it was pulling out his parents’ vinyl of Déjá Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and trying out the old 1970’s cabinet record player in the living room for the first time: A new day, a new way, and new eyes to see the dawn. Hallowell is the common made holy because of the gospel mystery that the Holy became common—the Needle dropped and the world heard its song.