Canadian folk musician Jolie Holland first made her bones as a founding member of the Be Good Tanyas. She left the group shortly after the release of their debut album, setting out on her own unique path. 2004’s Escondida was her second solo album, but her first for longtime label Anti- Records, and served as her introduction to the world. At the time, it sounded like something that was found in a time machine buried a hundred and fifty years ago. Fifteen years later, Escondida still sounds like something out of its time. A fine new reissue of the album on two twelve-inch records mastered at 45 RPM only adds to the timelessness.
Of the tracks, we’ve always favored “Old Fashioned Morphine,” a rather dark but humorous rewrite of “Old Time Religion” that makes its case with mischievous wit. We would also be remiss to not mention that it reminds me of my late friends Amy & Derrick Ross, who covered the song in their group Nowhere Man & A Whiskey Girl, which is where I first heard the number.
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