The product of those years is Modern Hearts (Paul McDonald Music, 2018), a collection of 14 songs that plays like a soundtrack to heartbreak. Tracks with names like "Stay Home," "Once You Were Mine," "Always on My Mind" and "I Ain't Good" feature wounded lyrics polished to a high gloss, which mix the country twang of McDonald's Alabama roots with the peppy pop beats of his later music career.
The album's title track is a digital-age eulogy for lost love, hitting home with lines like "You keep pulling me in from the computer screen," and, "No such thing as goodbye on the internet feed."
“I had to take my life back and figure out who I was again,” McDonald wrote on Soundcloud. “It took me a few years and a few hundred songs to get to that point.”
Head to The Olympic on Thursday, Sept. 13, to hear the best of that deluge live when McDonald and locals The Trees The Trees open for California singer-songwriter RIVVRS.