David Pajo discusses his new album, Highway Songs, and his work with Tortoise, Slint, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and more in the new issue of Uncut, out now.
Highway Songs, Pajo’s first album as Papa M since 2004’s Hole Of Burning Alms, was recorded at home in Los Angeles, and is his first full release since his suicide attempt in 2015.
“My intention was to just record whatever I was interested in,” he tells Uncut, “whether it was minimal electronic music or screaming feedback, then make sense of it later.
“I painted the cover. This is gonna sound super-weird, I haven’t told anyone else, but when I had my [suicide] attempt, that’s the image I saw, and that image has stuck with me. I think about it a lot. It’s a door partially open. I feel like I could have gone either way.
“To me, it doesn’t mean that you go through that white light and there’s heaven, though. We always think of death as the end of everything, but it’s just the ending of your relation to the physical world. So since then my fear of death has gone. It’s like, ‘Ah, death ain’t so bad, I’ve been there and I’ve done that and I’ve got this T-shirt.” It’s just another adventure.”
Check out the current Uncut for the full interview.
The December 2016 issue of Uncut is now on sale in the UK – featuring our cover story on Pink Floyd, plus a free CD compiled by Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner that includes tracks by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Sleaford Mods, Yo La Tengo, Can. Elsewhere in the issue, there’s TheDamned, Julia Holter, Desert Trip, Midlake, C86, David Pajo, Nils Frahm and the New Classical, David Bowie, Tim Buckley, REM, Norah Jones, Morphine, The Pretenders and more plus 140 reviews