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Californians re-imagine their back catalogue.

A collective of up to 14 members, centered around vocalist Robert Fisher, Willard Grant Conspiracy have gone back to basics with their excellent ninth album, largely re-recordings of their own songs by a drummer-less four piece. The stark setting suits them, with Fisher’s deep voice-sounding variously like Nick Cave and Johnny Cash – placed center stage. The seven-minute Preparing For the Fall sounds apocalyptic, as feedback howls around and Fisher intones, ‘The Earth begins to shudder/The lightening creates a fire”.

Vespers and Scars meanwhile, ares slices of gripping acoustic Americana.

– Phil Mongredien.

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