Boomkat Product Review:
The solo work of Timebold's Jason Merritt, Whip is an outlet for the more personal and folk blistered songs creeping about his musical cranium; with 'Atheist Lovesongs to God' his second LP. Sharing a bourbon soaked predilection with the likes of John Webster Johns, Will Oldham and Matt Elliot, Merritt wears his bleeding heart firmly on the sleeve, carving painful aural confessions from his evidently bruised soul. Opening on the Fairport Convention meets The Godfather of 'One For Fire' ("no matter what kinds of trouble you bring, I'll turn it all into ashes"), Merritt then sets about plundering all corners of Americana to articulate his tales of pain, hope and confusion. Whilst this manifests as undulating acoustica on 'Oh Why' and bluegrass dusted banjo in 'Perfect Dive', elsewhere 'Ballad of Cobain' is Smog-like in its crushing directness whilst 'While' is a sparkly nursery rhyme. Gorgeous.