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- Terror by Kath Bloom
8/10 Penrith Steve 27th March 2015
To my mind, best thing Kath Bloom is associated with is a genuinely amazing version of her song “The Breeze/My Baby Cries” by Bill Callahan. Not to take away from her own recordings, of course. Since her prolific (eleven albums in six years) collaboration with avant-garde guitarist Loren Connors ended in 1984, she has released very little material, choosing to concentrate on family life. The first new material to surface was “Come Here” in 1999, nine years of silence followed until “Terror” was released in 2008.
“Terror” has an outsider-folk/blues feel to it. The songs are good and neatly played, mainly on acoustic guitar with unobtrusive and tasteful backing. In places I find the music reminiscent of Karen Dalton, although their voices are quite different. Bloom’s fragile and wavy voice, mournful overtones and a special, heartfelt delivery, gives it the material its own identity.
Whilst nothing on here quite hits the heights of what Bill Callahan’s remarkable feat, “I Just Can’t Handle It” is superb and worth the admission price alone. Other highlights include the opener “Everything Looks Different At Night” and “Something To Tell You”.
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