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Willard Grant Conspiracy have apparently been around for quite a long while, but Iâ€™ve never heard of them until now. I love what I hear. Most of it is long-form acoustic Americana creep, created mostly by Robert Fisher, the bandâ€™s only permanent member. Let It Roll, their 2007 release, is off Glitterhouse Recordsâ€”who I also have never heard of until now.
If you like John Cale, Whiskeytown, Lucinda Williams, Blanche . . . All that great alt country stuff . . . Then I bet youâ€™ll dig WGC as well.
Many of the songs clock in at 7+ minutes each, and itâ€™s a testament to Mr. Fisherâ€™s skills as a
songwriter that I didnâ€™t feel the need to fastforward or skip any of them. I didnâ€™t even notice how long the songs went on for. (Iâ€™m notoriously unhappy with songs longer than 4 or 5 minutes.) â€œAll I wanna do is put clothes on a skeleton,â€ Fisher cries on the hook for â€œCrushâ€ (one of the most accessible tracks), in a vocal track thatâ€™s part-Morphine and part-Editors. Elsewhere, he describes a place â€œover the water, under the covers, violet and silver, with freckles all under.â€ Poetic and smooth, brooding and gentle, this is simply fantastic music. And his cover of Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man” is even more random and disjointed than the original.