This month’s selection was Rough Trade’s Album of the Year in 1997 but it has just been re-released on vinyl (with download) as part of David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label 25th anniversary.
I guess it follows on from The Delines with its very literary Southern Gothic lyrical feel. Jim White’s debut album, The mysterious tale of how I shouted wrong-eyed Jesus! is a cinematic collection of Appalachia-inspired country-folk rendered with a gothic sensibility and junkyard atmospherics (the inclusion of Tom Waits collaborator Ralph Carney on several tracks lends the record a distinctly Waits-ish veneer). Drawing on his bizarre life experiences and troubled Pentecostal upbringing, White’s narratives are surreal and crazed, shot through with disturbing spiritual imagery and backwoods dementia; a strangely beautiful record, Wrong-Eyed Jesus! is a fine introduction to a uniquely twisted talent.