Parthenon Huxley, or P. Hux if you will, has been making music for a long time, first as guitarist for A Man Called E. before that man formed Eels. Then, on his own, with a number of solid pop and rock records. He is also part of The Orchestra, a band of former ELO members. (In 2005, P. Hux released "Homemade Spaceship," a very fine collection of ELO covers.)
But it is 2001's "Purgatory Falls" that I keep going back to, a record about Huxley dealing with the death of his wife from cancer. The subject matter is pretty damn heavy for its running time of just a bit over a half hour. But it isn't all a downer. I find the whole thing quite remarkable. Genius actually.
It's a difficult listen, but completely worth the time. I hadn't thought about this record in a while, but the song below popped up on the trusty iPod, and I fell into the rabbit hole. All told, "Purgatory Falls" is a great record whether you know the backstory or you don't.