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Lonnie Holley Preaches With Bradford Cox in Divine ‘Pulpit’ Video

Deerhunter frontman and Black Lips' Cole Alexander find transcendence with fellow Atlantan

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // October 3, 2013

Gather around, sinners, and hear the good news that is Lonnie Holley. The Alabama-born, Atlanta-based multimedia artist was born in 1950, but he released his debut album, Just Before Music, only last year. Follow-up Keeping a Record of It, out now on Dust to Digital, continues his interstellar folk-gospel explorations. The record also brings on noted Atlanta art-punk denizens Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound) and Cole Alexander (Black Lips) for instrumental assistance on 13-minute reverie “From the Other Side of the Pulpit.” The visual only adds to the rapturous effect, showing Holley howling as Cox and Alexander help out — not just on guitar or drums, but also by playing a ladder with a rake, or a metal cage with a blade. By the time the whole drifting soundscape is complete, some ambience-tuned seekers might find themselves speaking in tongues. “Amen” counts, right?