When I think of Ray LaMontagne, the first word that comes to mind is serenity. I picture trees, a trail, and a cup of hot tea. Then I think about what it might be like to have an amazing beard. His songs are deep, engaging, and sincere.
Enter Ouroboros. A full psychedelic 180 to common LaMontagne. And so good.
The album is conceptual by design, drawing from the influence of classic records that unfold slowly like a book bound by changing elements, forcing you happily into experiencing the whole thing all at once, with no breaks — think Dark Side of The Moon. There’s no escaping the heavy aura and circuital structure surrounding this album, which was produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James.