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1. M. Ward - Pirate Dial
2. M. Ward - Little Baby
3. Ray LaMontagne - Part One - Hey, No Pressure
4. Ray LaMontagne - Part Two - Wouldn't It Make A Lovely Photograph
M. Ward - More Rain - Merge Records
Matthew "Matt" Stephen Ward, known by his stage name, M. Ward, is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Portland, Oregon. Ward's solo work is mixture of folk and blues-inspired Americana analog recordings, releasing eight albums since 1999, primarily through independent label Merge Records. In addition to his solo work, he is a member of pop duo She & Him and folk-rock supergroup Monsters of Folk, as well as participating in the recording, producing, and playing with multiple other artists.
More Rain is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter M. Ward. The album will be released March 4, 2016 on Merge Records and Bella Union. More Rain is Ward's first solo album since 2012's A Wasteland Companion, having released Volume Three and Classics with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him in the interim as well as recording and producing other artists.
Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros - Stone Dwarf, RCA Records
Ray LaMontagne is an American singer-songwriter. LaMontagne has released five studio albums, Trouble, Till the Sun Turns Black, Gossip in the Grain, God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise and Supernova. He was born in New Hampshire and was inspired to create music after hearing an album by Stephen Stills. Critics have compared LaMontagne's music to that of Otis Redding, The Band, Van Morrison,Nick Drake and Tim Buckley.
For his new album, Ouroboros, the singer has teamed up with My Morning Jacket -- minus frontman Jim James, who occupied the producer’s chair -- bringing a new dimension for both acts. MMJ is nothing if not a road-tested, versatile rock band, recording this album was a combination preview and dress rehearsal for the 45-date, three-month tour with musicians will undertake together beginning in June.
The ouroboros or uroboros from the Greek (tail-devouring snake) is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail.
The ouroboros often symbolizes self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things such as the phoenix which operate in cycles that begin anew as soon as they end. It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished. While first emerging in Ancient Egypt and India, the ouroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism, but has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations, where it symbolizes the circular nature of the alchemist's opus. It is also often associated with Gnosticism, Hermeticism and Hinduism.
Carl Jung interpreted the ouroboros as having an archetypal significance to the human psyche. The Jungian psychologist Erich Neumann writes of it as a representation of the pre-ego "dawn state", depicting the undifferentiated infancy experience of both mankind and the individual child.
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