David Pajo uses all eight of his hands to play four guitars on new Papa M album

David Pajo uses all eight of his hands to play four guitars on new Papa M album

Please, do not come up in here with music that only features one guitar. To be frank, uhh, yeah, IT’S BEEN DONE. What about two guitars, you ask? Two guitars, eh? Like The Beatles!? Puh-lease; we’ve heard it all before. Don’t even get me started on three guitars.

Four guitars though? Ahhhhh, four guitars…now that’s the sweet spot! If only there was some sort of album coming out that featured four guitars — ideally acoustic — all playing parts that weaved in and out, accompanied by minimal drums, adding layers to a cohesive, compelling whole…

Ah well. Anyway, David Pajo has a new album coming out as Papa M, his first since reviving the moniker for 2016’s Highway Songs. Entitled A Broke Moon Rises, it features four guitars — acoustic actually — playing parts that weave in and out, accompanied by minimal drums, adding layers to a cohesive, compelling whole.

After the cathartic Highway Songs, Pajo sought to get back to just having fun playing guitar in a practice space, seeing what directions he could flex his technique in. A Broke Moon Rises then has a much more meditative, hypnotic quality to it; a factor that can be immediately heard on lead single “Walt’s.”

You can listen to the four guitars magic of “Walt’s” and check out the artwork and full tracklisting for A Broke Moon Rises down below. A Broke Moon Rises is out August 17 via Drag City, and can be pre-ordered here.

A Broke Moon Rises tracklisting:

01. The Upright Path
02. Walt’s
03. A Lighthouse Reverie
04. Shimmers
05. Spiegel im Spiegel

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