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Nicholas Jamerson (from the album Peace Mountain available on The Bingo Shack Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
Peace Mountain is a record that plays out like an audio documentary. With just enough short, verbal blasts giving the listener some history on person and place, Nicholas Jamerson’s latest is a dose of Southern Gothic Americana. A visual caption, and stream of conscious story, that’s part rocking chair tale and part front porch picking party. Peace Mountain is mellow and melancholic, tasty, touching, and trippy.
There’s a seven-minute admission, dubbed “Intro”, that kicks off the record before giving way to the Indie-Gospel of “Bad Imagination” and the quiet “Billy Graham Parkway”, the latter a heavy look at place and loyalty as Jamerson notices ‘the reason we die for that flag in the sky keeps getting further away’. It sure does. “Lexington” is a bit of Country and Bluegrass while “Wild Nights, Weird Mornings Intro” plays like a loose demo before making way for the full track of “Wild Nights, Weird Mornings”, an early morning, hazy memories story. With just enough weirdness to add to those ‘wild nights, weird mornings’ where Jamerson laments ‘I don’t know If I’m ever doing this again’. The track is a song of regret with narrated actions likely on repeat.
“This Ain’t Supposed to Happen in Our Town” reflects the all too common and now daily occurrence of gun violence, titled with a phrase we all say like a surprise but know its more action just around the corner. This is a heavy record; loaded, with weighty reality. Peace Mountain reads like a Southern Gothic novel soundtracked with a equal sound to mimic the words, with Nicholas Jamerson nailing the time and place visual via 16 chapters.
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