on 16 May 2003
Mr John Peel did this country the honour of playing possibly the greatest track, Opium Flower, from Cass Mccombs' mini album a while back but nobody seemed to notice. Never mind hey, Cass is still a young fellow with years ahead of him to launch a full scale assault of calm, from Monitor Records, on the ears of this country. The Mountain Goats probably provide the closest point of reference for this Californian come New Yorker who plays simply breathtakingly beautiful acoustic melodies. The album makes you yearn to be a cowboy chewin some hay on the old here farm, nothing is overcomplicated- the strumming warm, the drumming relaxed and lazy while the singing divine. It has been described by some as "post-nostalgia" or "new-old-school" but whatever you call it, I can assure you that you will appreciate the love gone into the writing and recording of the music.