Someday someone should write a song called "The Story of Johnny Solomon", telling the tale of a rising young songwriter and performer who hit the skids with the demons of addiction and mental problems only to rise again with the help and support of a good and supportive woman. The story, it turns out, is true. After reaching bottom (and jail), Solomon, a critical fave of The Twin Cities music scene, found the inspiration to change and ultimately enter rehab from singer, collaborator, muse -- and now fiancee -- Molly Moore. New July 10 EP Lions & Lambs from Solomon's wonderfully monikered Communist Daughter follows up 2010's debut Soundtrack to the End as yet another heavenly slice of shimmering indie alt-folk songcraft. Heartfelt and intensely personal but steering clear of cloying angst, songs like the briskly shuffling "Ghosts" find the cross-section of lush folk/rock and sweeping chamber pop melodies, delicately delivered harmonies bobbing atop a swirling, driving current of light and dark flashes. Brilliant. Mesmerizing. Watch the video for "Speed of Sound" below.
Communist Daughter - "Ghosts" (from Lions & Lambs)
Communist Daughter - "Speed of Sound" (from Lions & Lambs)