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Turnstyled Junkpiled - M. Lockwood Porter’s Communion In The Ashes

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Turnstyled Junkpiled - M. Lockwood Porter’s Communion In The Ashes

Porter takes on some weighty issues on this album, and he faces them with unflinching honesty. But his musical undertones soften the message and make even hard truths easier to face.

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TAKE EFFECT - Communion In The Ashes - 9/10

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TAKE EFFECT - Communion In The Ashes - 9/10 9/10 Listen to Communion In The Ashes Though M. Lockwood Porter has made most of his music while living in the Bay Area, he’s now back in his home state of Oklahoma, and on his 4th album, Communion In The Ashes, he brings an anthemic quality to songs about modern day social problems, something he experienced first hand during his time as an educator. The title track starts the album with driving guitars and a thriving rock’n’roll spirit that’s somewhere between power-pop and alt-rock, and “Waiting For A Sign” brings keys...

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Adobe and Teardrops - M Lockwood Porter - Communion in the Ashes

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Adobe and Teardrops - M Lockwood Porter - Communion in the Ashes

I'm glad that this is the album that puts M. Lockwood Porter on the radar.  It's Porter's fourth full-length and is the crystallization of a number of themes Porter began to sketch out on his majestic How to Dream Again, a gentle but full-throated anticipation of the Trump era. (PS -- if you need a blueprint for how to stay sane, I highly recommend listening to that album as early and often as possible.)

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NeuFutur Magazine - M. Lockwood Porter – Communion In The Ashes

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NeuFutur Magazine - M. Lockwood Porter – Communion In The Ashes

The obvious dual influences of Springsteen and Dylan are present here, especially in his lyrics (“Get Back To The Wild” is truly one of the best spiritual anthems to come out in years), but you can also glimpse nods to others like Bright Eyes and Kristofferson.

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Americana Highways - ‘Communion In The Ashes’ By M. Lockwood Porter: The Album For Its Time And Place

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This is an album that defies easy classification. If The Stranger from The Big Lebowski listened to this album, he might well say “Sometimes there’s an album, and it’s the album for its time and place.” And he’d be right. Porter demonstrates that you don’t need excessive volume to be powerful. 

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