Release Date: May 24, 2010
Record label: Full Time Hobby
Genre(s): Country, Americana, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop
I had a rather strange introduction to Micah P Hinson. Around late 2006, in my more hedonistic university days, shall we say, I had a night out with some friends which consisted of essentially drinking a lot and taking a bunch of drugs. This continued into the small hours until supplies were diminished around six or seven in the morning. After some unanswered phone calls were made someone pointed out that his housemate had some acid in his room.
Released last year, Micah P Hinson’s double covers album All Dressed Up And Smelling Of Strangers was the sound of a man in a rut, looking for a way out. After three albums of grandiose, gravel-throated American gothic, Hinson seemed to have fallen into something of a formula, the sparse beauty of his debut ...and the Gospel Of Progress repeated with ever diminishing returns. His double album of covers, ragged-edged and one-paced, showed that he was looking for something different to do, but hadn’t yet found it.
The world is running away from [b]Micah P Hinson[/b]. Something of a husky country prodigy on his 2004 debut, now he’s a 20-something Texan bwoy alarmed and confused by the hand-basket ride his country is taking to Hell. The untethered havoc of this fourth album is designed to reflect these disorientating times and, sure enough, it sounds like [b]Band Of Horses[/b] breaking out of their holding pen and roaming randomly across wide open prairies – the Big Music untamed.
A powerfully ominous reshaping of old-school Americana. Wyndham Wallace 2010 Although Abilene, Texas’s Micah P Hinson’s fourth ‘proper’ album’ – excluding 2009’s ill-advised covers release – begins with a dolorous chamber music overture and closes with a rather more optimistic instrumental waltz, …Pioneer Saboteurs is far from a string-laden coffee table country record. The seven minutes of white noise that precede its pastoral coda make that clear.