Roky Eriksson is now reunited with his first wife and his children. Without the context of his life, this would be a wonderful, complete piece of music. Look at it within, and it’s a work of divinity.»
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legendary musician roky erickson triumphantly returns with the release of 'true love cast out all evil', his first new album in fourteen years. produced by will sheff, with his band okkervil river providing the musical backing, the record is largely comprised of unreleased material penned by austin, texas, native erickson throughout the course of his decades-long career; material that details, with heart-breaking candour, a harrowing life of electro-shock therapy, imprisonment, mental illness, and irreversible loss. enduring these traumas has enabled erickson to bring a unique, painfully-earned wisdom to his songwriting, infusing the album with themes of love, hope and spiritual grace. erickson's band the thirteenth floor elevators burst onto the scene in 1966 with the hit 'you're gonna miss me', a snarling proto-punk song written by erickson when he was just 15. the elevators and the charismatic erickson would be largely credited with igniting the garage rock movement and being one of the first psychedelic bands. the reverberations of the band's distinctive sound can still be heard today with erickson's songs having been interpreted by the likes of rem, zz top, the jesus and mary chain, primal scream, spacemen 3, julian cope, radio birdman and many more. while 'true love cast out all evil' echoes the many musical styles in which erickson has been a participant or a pioneer - including garage-rock, lo-fi psych, heavy metal, and country-tinged texas folk - it also brings erickson's songwriting skills to the fore. in these songs, erickson addresses his troubled history in his own words, eschewing the metaphors of earlier songs like 'i walked with a zombie' to speak directly about hardship and the lessons learned from it. will sheff's production highlights the songs while interweaving them with found-sound and archival recordings culled from erickson's home videos and recordings made in the rusk state hospital for the criminally insane.
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