“There ain’t no shaking the smell, like there ain’t no shaking the spell…”
It’s time to pass the torch. Gareth Liddiard is officially the best writer in Australia, and potentially its greatest musical performer. He’s confirmed it with his outstanding new record, Strange Tourist, which is his first solo outing away from The Drones, and has given us a lovely video as a visual companion to the first song on the album, “Blondin Makes an Omelette”.
It’s possibly one of the most simple videos to be featured on this blog, but it’s entirely effective – Gareth simply isn’t the type to go for all the fancy stuff. It’s just clear black and white, with bold shades of grey and Liddiard strumming out the beautiful tune on a chair. The strained emotion comes through, as does his authentic struggle with the Neil Young-esque guitar solo and the general authenticity of the man as a performer. What more could you ask for out of this man? Strange Tourist is one of the essential albums of the year, and for a no-frills approach, “Blondin Makes An Omelette” looks great.