Potent song; rousing video; impressive collaborations
Sunday, 23 May 2021
Tuesday, 11 May 2021
Saturday, 1 May 2021
This is such a fine album – consistently so. Will Oldham’s distinctive vocal is prominent, as is the mainly self-harmonising, as beautiful as that he has performed over the years with so many others. Matthew Sweeney’s guitar work is as fulsome as it is varied, from folk finger picking (e.g. I am a Youth Inclined to Ramble, though this becomes loudly electrified) to more resonant and at times haunting playing. The lyrics are rich in evocation and mystery – always the surprises. An early favourite for its sweetness, musically and lyrically, is My Popsicle. Sublime.
Sunday, 28 March 2021
Thirty-seven minutes of far-out psychedelic raga jam, split into two eighteen-minute segments across its five movements for the sake of vinyl placing, apparently. Indeed, what we hear is a minor editing on the one long improvisation which is, whatever the cut/bifurcation of that musical jib, a soothing as well as rousing sail across gorgeous waters of a blissed-out collaboration.
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Tuesday, 16 March 2021
Fresh Funk and Other
This is such a fresh sound, full of bursts and punches, then melodious asides. It is full of funk and this pulsing from the staccato rhythms and/or the bass of Palladino. Mills' instrumentation adds layers of surprising sounds that drift on and over and around these beats - or something like that. There are African rhythms and then explosions of sound coming from anywhere and everywhere. Raucous and beautiful.
I've just been listening and enjoying this collection hewn heavily from Hendrix influences. As Michaels himself says, it's all about wanting to 'play some guitar and hear some crazy stereo stuff' in lockdown which is precisely what he has done, perfectly.
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Wednesday, 24 February 2021
This is an extraordinarily good album, a hybrid cross between Stereolab and Bjork (if you want the beginnings of a touchstone), and it is brightly illuminated by the lush harmonies, synth orchestrations, spoken word narratives that intone a serious observing, and individual instrumental inserts like the violin on Burn Bright by Alice Zawadski. The opening track Roots is a tour de force of all I have just described, beginning with some broken/hesitant talk, then breezing on with Lauren Kinsella’s bright vocal and those synth sweeps and violin additions – gorgeous saxophone by Josh Arcoleo. The song progresses to a mystical merge of voices and a concoction of modal instrumentation that sets the album up for its wonderful roll-out of more.
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