July 21st sees the release of Magnolia Electric Co.‘s fifth LP, Josephine, an album that marks Jason Molina’s sixteenth full-length with the Secretly Canadian label. In a word, prolific. Whether recording under his own name, Songs: Ohia, or Magnolia Electric Co., Molina consistently delivers, and Josephine proves to be no exception. A skilled tradesman, Molina works in well crafted, roots-based, no frills Americana. Steady and reliable. Pitchfork Media recently caught up with the artist touching on, among other things, Molina’s long rumored collaboration with Centro-matic’s Will Johnson. (via) The band begins a U.S. tour in support of the release on July 10th.
Pitchfork: This will be your first album in three years. Have you ever taken this long between records before?
JM: Actually, I recorded about six records since I finished the box set. It’s just that we have to stagger the releases, or else you’ll have a Bob Pollard situation where I can’t even afford to keep up with the guy. So there’s a complete solo record I have finished. There’s an eight-song 10” that I did that’s going to be in a coffee table book of the art of Will Schaff, and I have finished another record of just me and acoustic guitar. On the one solo record that’s finished, there’s side musicians on it; it’s not the Magnolia crew. And so I’ve finished dozens and dozens of songs and several projects. It’s just that they have to sit on the shelf because Josephine takes precedence, and then all this other stuff can come out. I also just finished a collaboration with Will Johnson [of Centro-Matic], and that’s also a full-length record. I haven’t taken any time off; it’s just that you don’t see the stuff for sale yet.