Nov 16, 2015

“I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing.” –H.H. Holmes. Singer-songwriter Amigo The Devil proves that, perhaps, there is some correlation between these two forms of inspiration. This is murder-folk: melancholic, darkly humorous, sometimes sociopathic country ballads about love and murder, and the darkly beautiful instances in which the two intermingle. He began by releasing separate EPs, but has now collected them together into one gorgeous double LP entitled Volume I. His first two releases—Manimalsand Diggers—occupy sides A and B, respectively, of the first record, while the second consists of his most recent release Decompositions on the A side, and four unreleased tracks—collected as Scraps—on the B side. The haunting cover art from the three EPs, courtesy of artist Justin Pape, is combined into one colorfully morbid spread inside the double album’s fold. Included are liner notes printed on newspaper, reporting the lyrics as though they were true stories of death and dismemberment. Appropriate, as many of them are true: Amigo The Devil draws upon real life serial killers, everyday horrors, and personal demons and writes odes to the universal human experiences that drive poets and killers alike. As he sings on Decomposition’s final track: “There’s only one kind of people in this world/ People who die.”

 –Kelley O’Death (Colony Collapse, no address listed)