Astute listeners will find a lot of ghosts in this machine.
At least seven times across four different songs on his daring album Southern Gothic, Dan Tyminski makes reference to wispy, other-worldly forces. They’re cast as occupants of the AM radio dial, as shadowy figures influencing the subconscious, as the essence of a man tormented by a broken relationship.
Appropriate for a ghost, the fascination with the imagery is elusive to Tyminski – “I’m still looking for it,” he confesses – but it’s an apt visual representation of the sonic spirit in Southern Gothic, a collection of songs that blends so many styles that it’s as difficult to pin down as a fleeting apparition.
Ghosts could never have inhabited a machine during the bulk of Tyminski’s storied career – as one of the premier vocalists in modern acoustic music, he’s a member of bluegrass act Alison Krauss + Union Station, a band that doesn’t even use a drummer, let alone programmed instruments.