Woke On A Whaleheart

Bill Callahan


Vinyl LP

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2007, Drag City

VINYL FORMAT. Bill Callahan last graced us as (Smog) in 2005 with the graceful and utterly beautiful country drenched A River Ain't Too Much to Love. A change was apparent when the Diamond Dancer EP appeared earlier in 2007 with its funky basslines and raggedy fiddle driving above a chorus of female backing vocalists. It was still him -- that voice is unmistakable -- but there was such a reliance on formal structure and texture, and on the notion of rhythm being placed right up front. It was almost funk and western. Callahan may have had a lo-fi aesthetic, and dug himself into it deeply, long before most had even toyed with it, but on Woke on a Whaleheart, he leaves most of that behind. This is a new phase for Bill Callahan; it employs all his strengths as a writer of lyrics and music and stretches the canvas of his colorful if sparsely arranged tapestry. - AMG

Tracklisting

Disc 1
1 From the Rivers to the Ocean
2 Footprints
3 Diamond Dancer
4 Sycamore
5 Wheel
6 Honeymoon Child
7 Day
8 Night
9 Man Needs a Woman or a Man to Be a Man


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