Old Fire: Songs From The Haunted South album review
Ambient spectres from the Lone Star State.
Ten years in the making, this is a unique vision of a world that probably never really existed. It’s Texan programmer John Mark Lapham’s celebration of the American South, done in a fashion that owes more to the artistry of Brian Eno and Angelo Badalamenti than to southern rock or country. (That’s Lapham’s dad in the cover photo, taken in the Ozarks in 1958.) The album’s 13 tracks include original songs and covers, such as Shearwater’s Helix, Low’s Laser Beam and – the most traditionally Southern moment here – Psychic TV’s The Orchids.