Incoming: New Grant Hart Album

Grant Hart

Music preview, below.

 By Blurt Staff

 Erstwhile Husker Du member Grant Hart is prepping to release a double album based on John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost. Titled The Argument, we are advised that Hart “distills its essence into pop and rock concoctions that nimbly flit through the history of 20th century music from Irving Berlin and David Bowie to… Hüsker Dü, even.  Ambition is the topic and Hell is the location for this project that is ambitious as Hell.” It’s due July 22 from Domino. Check out an audio preview:

Here aree the details behind the album: “While visiting James Grauerholz, former friend and secretary for William S. Burroughs, James showed Grant an unpublished manuscript for Lost Paradise, William’s science fiction story which portrays the fallen angels as men from distant planets and God as none other than fellow Missourian Harry S. Truman. James and Grant discussed adding music to William’s story much in the same way that Tom Waits and William conspired to turn the German folk tale Die Freishutz into The Black Rider as staged by Robert Wilson.

“Although lines from the poem are rarely quoted directly, all of the menace, pain and devotion of Milton’s best loved work are here found.  But where Milton’s poem was ‘unadorned by rhyme,’’ The Argument contain many complex couplets, especially the title track, in which not only the ends of lines rhyme, but the word that ends a phrase is the same as the first line of the phrase after it, all while conforming to the original ten syllable structure devised by Milton.  Anyone who has ever had a conversation with Grant knows how patiently he chooses the words he uses.”

 Tracklisting:

 Out Of Chaos

Morningstar

Awake, Arise!

If We Have The Will

I Will Never See My Home

I Am Death

Sin

Letting Me Out

Is The Sky The Limit?

Golden Chain

So Far From Heaven

Shine, Shine, Shine

It Isn’t Love

War In Heaven

Glorious

(It Was A) Most Disturbing Dream

Underneath The Apple Tree

The Argument

Run For The Wilderness

For Those Too High Aspiring

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