Tim Foljahn – Songs For An Age Of Extinction

January 01, 1970





It’s doubtful that anyone would mistake Tim Foljahn – currently on a co-headlining tour with labelmate
Jennifer O’Connor
, whose new album is reviewed here –  for the life of the party. If his previous efforts –
contributions to Cat Power’s first two albums, a prominent role on Thurston
Moore’s classic Psychic Hearts and
support provided the late, lamented Townes Van Zandt — didn’t prove that
point, then the ominously titled Songs
For An Age Of Extinction
clearly enforce that impression.


After recording six albums under the aegis of Two Dollar
Guitar, he’s released his most telling record yet, one that confirms his
brooding persona and a troubled mindset that laments the transitory nature of
existence and the loss of certain staples. If that sounds somewhat ambiguous,
it’s little surprise. Though the album’s only seven songs long, Foljahn’s
languid delivery maintains an eerie ambiance that more or less keeps the mood
intact. There are a few intriguing elements that allow certain songs to stand
out – the chirping sounds on “War Song,” the baroque keyboards of “Faded,” the
resounding refrain that trails “All Fall Away,” the prominent keyboard chords
that define “God Song,” the sitar and tabla coloring the title track – but
overall Foljahn’s forlorn disposition is what gives Songs For An Age Of Extinction its singular distinction.


Song,” “All Fall Away” LEE ZIMMERMAN

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