Leaning heavily on race and religion for its 2014 debut LP, The Great American Holy Ghost Electric Show, Oxford, Mississippi’s The Holy Ghost Electric Show draw from the latter to highlight the former’s existing divide on its latest release, the five-song EP, Sinai .
Amidst the sextet’s grandiose harmonies, marching beats and brass flair, religious imagery is invoked to chronicle America’s history. Chiding Bible Belt heathens on the alt-country opener “Levee of Your Heart”, Cody Rogers sings, “Like Samson I’m waiting for the earth to quake / I’m waiting for foundations to shake”. With jawbones still being knocked around on “Colored Black”, Holy Ghost Electric Show foretell our collective end by winding up the tension of “John the Revelator”, adding amps, horns and new verses to the song’s call and response blues.
Incisive folk closer “Neverending Saga (Garner & Brown Blues)”, with its litany of societal ills, dismisses the false promise that “The lion will one day lay with the lamb / And they’ll meet up in Birmingham” as wished for on the organ-driven “Rider”, bluntly illuminating how America still teeters on the title precipice a half-century after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
Recorded in 2015 during time spent in Woodstock, New York with Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) serving as producer, The Holy Ghost Electric Show issue forth Sinai today in conjunction with the band’s first Daytrotter recording. Dense despite its brevity, Sinai — like a religious text — yields new meaning with each visit.
Stream/purchase Sinai below.