Alex on October 21 2014
Such an odd feeling, discovering an artist only to find out he died a year ago. Listening to Songs: Ohia's Journey On album one can definitely deduce Jason Molina was not a happy camper. The album courses through the same veins as artists such as Elliot Smith and Modest Mouse front man Isaac Brock touch on - a drunken slur with moments of clarity, peace, and finally anger. According to band members Jason struggled with alcohol and depression for over 10 years.
Molina posted this note in May 2012 to his fans after spending most of 2012 in and out of a hospital - "Treatment is good, getting to deal with a lot of things that even the music didn't want to. I have not given up because you, my friends have not given up on me." A year later Jason died at the age of 39 from alcohol abuse-related organ failure.
The last thing I was expecting when this track popped up on my Soundcloud was discovering such a complicated story. I'm looking forward to browsing Jason's extensive library of music he left behind. Now if you'll excuse I'm going to go hug my dogs for the next twenty minutes.
If you'd like to read more about Jason Molinacheck out Henry Owing's article on Chunklet