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Who are we sometimes I wonder, mercenaries or lovers, John Mark McMillan asks at the outset of his latest album Borderland. Singing with the weight of bankrupt promises and failing friendships; the heaviness of lonely miles and grinding doubtMcMillans voice hangs against the backdrop of spare keys and fragile strings. The drums come in and the mood subtly shiftsa slight liftingand then the song comes to a close. And the listener is left with the distinct impression that this album may be something special, something rare.John Mark McMillan is something of an anomaly. From the very beginning of his career, nearly a decade ago, his music has defied easy categorization. A singer-songwriter as interested in musical exploration as lyrical exploration, McMillan carved his own path from the outsetwith an ear for melody with a poets eye for metaphorno topic was off-limits: death and love; isolation and exultation; restlessness and silence. And always consistentan ongoing dialogue with God, ever-wrestling for some kind of blessing and usually at volumes most suited for rock clubs. Now, ten long years in, McMillan is set to release Borderland, his fourth studio album and arguably his finest.To create the genre-bending Borderland, McMillan returned to the studio in rural North Carolina where he created much of his first two albums. He and producer Elijah Mosely spent a year out in the woods, an hour outside McMillans native Charlotte, patiently and intensely crafting an album that would do justice to the songs that McMillan brought to the table. Dispensing with much of the folk and the rock n roll that informed his earlier work, McMillan opened up his palette to include deep grooves and arena-filling sounds. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds and 80s era- Springsteen, McMillan and Mosley stripped the songs to their bare essence, building them back from the foundation one element at a time. As a result, every song exudes a kind of primal soul and
  • Start:October 26, 2017
  • End:October 26, 2017
  • Recurring
  • Where:The Vanguard, 222 North Main Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, 74105
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  • Event Type: Concerts & Music
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