While Portland veteran musician vocalist and songwriter M. Ward released his last album, A Wasteland Companion in 2012, it’s really been since Hold Time in 2009 that he’s released a record as good as his latest, More Rain. It’s not that A Wasteland Companion was not a worthy addition to Ward’s discography. Its just that when a proven artist who has been off the radar for a while releases collections of tracks over his initial but vital three year period as good as found on debut Transfiguration of Vincent (2003), Transistor Radio (2005) and Post-War (2006), there is an expectant aura. More Rain is album number eight for the softly sung artist and it doesn’t disappoint boasting a selection of timeless numbers that range from the rollicking to the fragile. It’s relevance reinforced in a nutshell. More Rain is out on Merge Records on March 4. Pre-order here. The first single, ‘Girl From Conejo Valley’ released last December last year is below.



1. More Rain
2. Pirate Dial
3. Time Won’t Wait
4. Confession
5. I’m Listening (Child’s Theme)
6. Girl from Conejo Valley
7. Slow Driving Man
8. You’re So Good To Me
9. Temptation
10. Phenomenon
11. Little Baby
12. I’m Going Higher


Girl From Conejo Valley

M. Ward (USA)

From the forthcoming album, ‘More Rain’, Merge. Out Mar 4.

M. Ward

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