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Album review: Lowlives Divine

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Hieronymus Bogs

"Lowlives Divine"

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During a conversation we once had about orchestral rock, Hieronymus Bogs described his own music as primitive. While some of his past tunes, such as "Wanna Die Be a Folk Singer," sound as breathtaking as something by Aaron Copland, much of the psych-folk singer's catalog is steeped in homespun Americana. Bogs' latest album, "Lowlives Divine," recorded in studios across New Mexico, Texas, and New York, follows a path of gentle mysticism that ought to strengthen his reputation as an accomplished songwriter.

The production work by Sam Snyder on "Lowlives Divine" is grand. There are glowing arrangements on several tracks, including "Seest Thou Not," a song inspired by the words of St. Francis of Assisi; "Lovers" which brings to mind the poetry of Rumi; and the title track, which that builds from an acoustic piano and tells a story of divine regret. While not overtly devotional, the tunes do speak of the spiritual world.

This album demonstrates several truths about Hieronymus Bogs: he's a visionary; his lyrics could stand alone as poetry; and Bogs likes to use dark minor keys to juxtapose a message of hope. "Lowlives Divine" is a gift from a deeply authentic soul.

A CD release party will be held Saturday, June 10, at the Bug Jar. Maybird and Auld Lang Syne will also perform. 9 p.m. $8-$10. bugjar.com.

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