by Francis Andrews in New Music on Wednesday 18 June 2008

Bill Callahan’s Woke on a Whaleheart is a little trip I take myself on every now and then when I’m looking to really sink myself into a piece of music. The album is packed full of sweet turns of melody, rich narrative – one of the most distinctive baritone voices around today – and a quirky, but highly original, quality that can be hard to find amongst singer/songwriters at the moment. If pressed you could pitch him somewhere in the massive spectrum between Jens Lekman and William Whitmore, both other-worldly yet very organic, as if his mind has been weathered by a few storms but still retains an edge of sharpness. It’s certainly interesting stuff, suited to those boozy evenings of introspection: a good experience, but not one you’d want every day.