If there’s any upside to be taken from the untimely passing of an artist, it usually leads to an uptick in interest from the general public — we’re oftentimes, strangely, more fascinated by the work of the recently deceased than we were when they were alive. Small consolation for the family and loved ones of Jason Molina, the singular Ohio songwriter behind the indie acts Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., who reportedly passed away over the weekend from complications due to alcohol abuse.
Songs like “Just Be Simple” were already sad enough on their own, but they’ll take on an added burden this week. “You never hear me talk about one day getting out,” he sings. “Why put a new address on the same old loneliness. Everybody knows where that is.”