Friday, October 28, 2016
St. Lenox - Ten Hymns From My American Gothic
Ten Hymns focuses broadly on the American immigrant experience, both in general terms and Choi's specific path as the son of Asian immigrants. Written to mark his father's 70th birthday, Choi's wide lens encompasses relationships, the inspiration to study law, confronting bigotry, American culture, raising children and other topics. Choi packs a lot of words into his songs, and his delivery has a free-form, stream of consciousness aspect. But his feel for language and his soulful tenor make it all work to great effect. The arrangements are piano and electronic based, and provide a rich backdrop for Choi's stories. This album is a triumph of musical art, to be sure, but it also is a triumph of the American Dream. And given this election cycle, it is sorely needed.
Ten Hymns From My American Gothic is out now via Anyway Records.
Bandcamp for Ten Hymns From My American Gothic