I’ve gone back and forth on Jason Molina forever, from his Songs:Ohia days until his new Magnolia Electric Co., but “Fading Trails,” Magnolia’s new record on Secret Canadian, is solid from start to finish. In the quick, nine-song treatment, Molina uses a full band for his man-devastated method, often recalling Neil Young’s croon, but goddammit, on that “Darling you faded on me” lyric in the album’s opener, “Don’t Fade on Me,” Molina’s a dead ringer for Elvis (turns out, he did some recording at Sun Studios). It’s as bluesy, folksy and depressed as every other Molina record, but his time there’s a little more spark in its full-band minimalism. And “A Little at a Time,” is very pretty, Molina’s country-tinged voice hung over, sweeping and kind over a gently picked guitar. (Tom Lynch)
October 20 at Abbey Pub.