Just about every three years since the start of this century, a new My Morning Jacket album has announced itself to the world with a twist of inventiveness. The Louisville-based band’s discography can be likened to a series of turns off a long highway of genre-governed expectations. But the turns don’t head in the wrong direction—they lead to a destination that feels right.
In May, MMJ released the latest installment in its eclectic catalogue: The Waterfall. Recorded during a weeks-long session at an oceanside studio in Stinson Beach, California, the album evokes the ethereal experience of roaming through nature near a vast sea while lost in thought. But it’s lively, often danceable, and grounded, too, in concrete themes of heartbreak and rebirth.
At home in Kentucky prior to heading to the East Coast for the band’s final shows of the year—culminating in a four-night run at New York’s Beacon Theatre—MMJ drummer Patrick Hallahan chatted with The Aquarian about the ultimate live show, defying creative stagnation, and the highlights of his vinyl collection.
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