Josh T Pearson – Thou Art Loosed

Given Pearson’s Christian beliefs (along with the Southern hellfire stuff he explored in Lift To Experience) this song could be about, I don’t know, Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Or about a Confederate soldier going off to the Civil War.

Or maybe it’s about what you do – or at least what you say you’ll do – when a relationship ends: don’t worry about me, I’ll be all right, I’m going to go and do something wonderful. Like save the world.

Whatever it is, Pearson’s dense and rolling acoustic guitar is intense enough to suggest that it’s about something deep. Something supported by the aching beauty of his distant, yet intimate, churchlike croon: full of longing, pain and a reach for salvation.

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