Following in the footsteps of his brother and co-founding member of seminal New Zealand band The Clean, Hamish Kilgour has decided to go it alone with his first ever solo album proper. Recorded and co-written by The Ladybugs Transistor’s Gary Olson, All Of It And Nothing is a hushed ode to the power of jangle and demonstrates an innate ability to capture a melody. Fans with any nostalgic reverence for his other work in The Great Unwashed, The Mad Scene and early Clean will be particularly pleased.
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With 'All Of It And Nothing', Hamish Kilgour joins the fray in what is becoming indie rock's equivalent of Street Fighter. He's out there with a bunch of first generation solo acts trying to carve a niche away from their history, along with Stephen Malkmus, J. Mascis and Robert Pollard (who's too drunk to really be aware of what's going on). The songs that comprise this record are vulnerable, sparse and strictly acoustic in all fashions, Kilgour recalling the way Mascis gravitated from noisemaker extraordinaire with his band to modest folkie on his own.
These songs are a far cry from his post-punk inclinations with the Clean, though they are just as despondent and haunted; there's a lo-fi quality to songs like "Strength of an Eye" that draws a line between Kilgour and his listener, something which was present with his band, too; no matter how up and personal he gets, he'd rather you didn't see him at all. 'All Of It And Nothing' is an understated effort, not presenting Kilgour's strongest songwriting, but creating the exact atmosphere you want from him: an irresistible kind of eerie.
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