Bill Callahan – Apocalypse

April 7, 2011

Bill Callahan – Apocalypse

About every two years, Bill Callahan (formerly known as Smog and even more formerly known as (Smog)) refines his art  and delivers a total masterpiece to the unsuspecting public. Believe it or not, it has now been two years since the life-affirming Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle, and the time has come for Callahan to show us what he’s been up to. The seven beautiful, pastoral songs on Apocalypse suggest that he has spent most of his time introspectively – affirming his patriotism (“America!”), questioning his profession (“Drover”), and doubting his identity (“Riding for the Feeling”). Aside from that, he has developed an affinity for jazzy flute solos and heavy, rhythmic build-ups, immaculately scattered throughout the record. What it all comes down to is one captivating work of art – among the most powerful and unabashedly gorgeous in Callahan’s entire discography, which is saying a whole lot at this point.

Bill Callahan – “Baby’s Breath”

Purchase.

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