8/10 Clinton Staff review, 15 August 2013
What’s he up to now? What is he up to? Ol’ maudlin Bill, brought up in the lovely split level Yorkshire town of Knaresborough, likes the ladies, you know the fellow. He has a new album out soon and this taster contains two dub versions of tracks that will appear on it. I’ve really enjoyed Callahan’s recent work and I wasn’t the most ardent Smog fan it has to be said. Opener ‘Javelin’ contains some nice tribal percussion on top of which his smoky rich dark brown voice is placed along with some nice pleasant guitar swells. I’m not sure about the flute. Then again, I’m never sure about flutes, I can barely name a record which contains enjoyable flute work. On the flip the flute is discarded and instead we get a wandering violin. The percussion is again quite bongo heavy with his voice flitting in and out of the mix. The track builds nice and slow with little peals of guitar being sucked in and out of the mix. It all adds up to a decent job application for when Leonard Cohen pops his clogs and his position becomes vacant.
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