Predictably, Bill Callahan’s Apocalypse is weird and wonderful in equal measure, but the best endorsement I can give it is that ‘America!’ sounds as if he’s chanelling the much-missed spirit of one Don Van Vliet. Opening with pulsing bass that never fails to remind me of the weirdly controversial school-disco staple that was Robbie Williams’ ‘Rock DJ’ and then careering between melodies throughout, Callahan sings America’s praises and imagines an army made up of figures like “Captain Kristofferson” and “Sergeant Cash”. It’s really odd, and placed amongst the more serene, contempletive tracks that make up the album, it sticks out like a (brilliant) sore thumb.

Bill Callahan – America! (YSI)

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