Ten Hymns From My American Gothicby St. Lenox (Vinyl Record)

St. Lenox: Ten Hymns From My American Gothic (Vinyl LP)

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Vinyl LP pressing. Ten Hymns From My American Gothic is a sprawling, layered, stream-of-consciousness portrait of modern American life, presented by St. Lenox as a gift to his father, who immigrated to the United States, in honor of his 70th birthday. Written, performed and recorded by the writer in off hours, while working as an attorney in Manhattan, the album meditates on progressive themes, immigration, cultural divide, forgiveness and manifest destiny. [St. Lenox's] voice is one of the most striking instruments in music today, a harsh and commanding howl that reminds me of John Darnielle, Michael Stipe, and Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart but is something entirely it's own. His subject matter is equally transfixing and unique, a mix of queer love songs, protest music, and savvy observations about the modern American experience. Fuel America, Thurgood Marshall, The Public School System, Nixon, Conspiracy Theories, You Don't Call Me Anymore, Korea, People from Other Cultures, What I Think About When You Say South Korea, When I Return