As for Will Oldham of Palace Music, he continues to send shivers down the spine. His new album, Arise, Therefore, is definitely his most bleak and uncompromising yet. But for some, this intense, stark blues stuff is his best-ever work, partly because his poeticism is original, and deceptively simple. And the accompanying lyric booklet is an answer to the folk who moan that he mumbles nonsense. Nick Cave would sell his granny to pen lines like, "I can remember, thanks to the smells, how colours can be, and how to smuggle in breath, to a column or corridor hemmed in with death."
Smog and Palace Music have played London together before, to a packed house, and complemented each other well. Oldham even acknowledges Callahan in his album booklet, so they must be pals. Perhaps one bright day they'll write a song together. Now that truly would be something awesome.
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