Americana Highways - ‘Communion In The Ashes’ By M. Lockwood Porter: The Album For Its Time And Place
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.
Americana rocker M. Lockwood Porter is a courageous kind of guy. His astounding and emotionally-cutting new record, Communion in the Ashes, is a soul-draining expedition through a world he perceives as one not far removed from a sci-fi dystopia. “Broken Light,” which opens on stark ivories and his voice calling from across a fog, laments the descending darkness of “false prophets” and his attempts to wade through it all with only shards of brightness pinging from his soul.
Communion in the Ashesis flat-out rock n’ roll, a rallying cry, a series of anthemic songs by M. Lockwood Porter and his five-piece band designed to build hope amongst the surrounding doom. Yes, this about community and moving forward rather than wallowing in despair. It’s one of those roll-down-your-windows and let-the-wind-blow-back-your-hair records, full of hooks and jangling guitars. No doubt he owes both to Dylan and Springsteen, but this is not a new stance for him. Social and political issues were the focus of his 2016 How to Dream Again.
Carrying on to Tulsa, OK for the new M.Lockwoord Porter album Communion in the Ashes that is coming out next week on the 29th of March on Black Mesa Records. This one is going to be a powerful americana / rock album that forces the listeners to think and hopefully inspires and encourages them to start working towards a brighter future. There is still time and that time is right now. Here’s the music video for the first single The Dream Is Dead and below that the latest outtake and title track Communion in the Ashes.