Elephant Micah

Durham, NC

ElephantMicah

Since the early ’00s, prolific Indiana folklorist (and North Carolina transplant) Joe O’Connell has released—often on his own or via tiny imprints—a slew of haunting lo-fi material as Elephant Micah. His cryptic lyricism and deliberate arrangements conjure the likes of Will Oldham and Jason Molina. Indeed, O’Connell has even served as a vocalist and guitarist for the touring tribute “Songs: Molina—A Memorial Electric Co.” But his latest project, Genericana, shakes loose some of those parallels.  Envisioned by O’Connell as “a lucky mutation that could lead to a heartier version of Elephant Micah for the digital world,” the album uses unconventional instrumentation like Hindustani electronics and a homemade synth to aim murky songs through an avant-garde lens. It is as wonderful as it is weird.