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Willard Grant Conspiracy have apparently been around for quite a long while, but I’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 band’s only permanent member. Let It Roll, their 2007 release, is off Glitterhouse Records—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 you’ll dig WGC as well.

Many of the songs clock in at 7+ minutes each, and it’s a testament to Mr. Fisher’s skills as a
songwriter that I didn’t feel the need to fastforward or skip any of them. I didn’t even notice how long the songs went on for. (I’m notoriously unhappy with songs longer than 4 or 5 minutes.) “All I wanna do is put clothes on a skeleton,” Fisher cries on the hook for “Crush” (one of the most accessible tracks), in a vocal track that’s part-Morphine and part-Editors. Elsewhere, he describes a place “over the water, under the covers, violet and silver, with freckles all under.” 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.


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