Micah P. Hinson

“Micah Book One”


words by tom johnson

I don’t know enough about religion, or the books that Micah P. Hinson pulls these words from, to place them correctly, to embolden them with context. I know enough about the world to fear loss, to despise men, to crave power and cower from it too. I’ve heard enough music to know I’ve rarely heard anything like “Micah Book One” or the new record from where it comes; a stirring document of a life lived, and others imagined, that rises and falls, shrinks and explodes across an hour of heaving words and wisdoms.

From the cracked skin of a new-born, to the cracked spirit of death and dying, ‘Presents The Holy Strangers‘, out on Full Time Hobby on 8 September, might well be Hinson’s most astonishing work to-date. In fact, if this isn’t the work he’s been building to all along then lord knows where he goes next. Lead track “Oh Spaceman” was deft and delightful, but it pales in the face of “Micah Book One”, unveiled below today, a seven-and-a-half minute telling of religion and greed and everything in and around; of burning fires and crumbling stones; of money and prostitutes; of weeping and wailing.

As if carved in to the very dusty landscapes he articulates, Hinson’s cracking voice feels born to tell such things, draped across a playful and sparse instrumental backdrop of organs and drums and wilting guitars, like an abundance of colourful fruit crushed in to scorched dry earth. Strained and strange, delicate and drifting, “Micah Book One” is indicative of a record that leaves no stone unturned, that wanders wherever it wants to go, unheralded and unrestrained. Check out the new song below right now.

The new album is released on September 8th, pre-order it here


Autumn live dates:

15 September – Resident in-store – Brighton, UK
16 September – Rough Trade West in-store – London, UK
19 September – Broadcast – Glasgow, UK *
20 September – Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh, UK *
21 September – The Cluny 2 – Newcastle, UK *
23 September – Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK *
24 September – The Crescent – York, UK *
25 September – Newhampton Arts Centre – Wolverhampton, UK *
26 September – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK *
27 September – The Cookie – Leicester, UK *
28 September – The Bullingdon – Oxford, UK *
29 September – The Portland Arms – Cambridge, UK *
30 September – The Globe – Cardiff, UK ^
01 October – The Lantern – Bristol, UK ^
02 October – Scala – London, UK ^
03 October – Komedia – Brighton, UK ^
05 October – Voodoo – Belfast, UK
06 October – Roisin Dubh – Galway
07 October – Cyprus Avenue – Cork, Ireland
08 October – Whelans – Dublin, Ireland
10 October – Zonnehuis – Amsterdam, Netherlands
11 October – Arenberg Shouwburg – Antwerp, Belgium
12 October – L’Aut Côté – Mouscron, Belgium
13 October – Sint-Elisabethkerk – Gent, Belgium
16 October – Point Éphémère – Paris, France
18 October – Rock School Barbey – Bordeaux, France
21 October – Groom – Lyon, France
28 October – Studio Foce- Lugano, Switzerland
29 October – Coq D’Or – Olten, Switzerland
30 October – El Lokal – Zurich, Switzerland
31 October – Musicbox – Lisbon, Portugal
02 November – Razzmatazz – Barcelona, Spain
04 November – Cafe’ La Palma – Madrid, Spain

*Support from L.A. Salami
^ Support from The Saxophones



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