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Sister John

Returned From Sea (Last Night From Glasgow)

By • Aug 12th, 2018 • Category: long players

Another overdue review… Sister John played a blinder at LNFG’s 2017 birthday party in 2017 and have played some other gigs since, but it is only now that BM has got her grubby hands on the album (thanks to LNFG Kelvingrove gig raffle). They are based in Glasgow, taken under the LNFG wing – these guys have such excellent taste and their aspiration to “be like Factory” has certainly struck gold in this instance…

And this album is an outstanding piece of work. The highlights for BM are opening track ‘Thinner Air’, almost like a call to arms, a stormer live, recalling Gillian Welsh and other alt-country influences, but infused with some kind of alchemy all of their own…

‘Sweetest Moment’ also has that ‘Can’t put yer finger on it’ DNA, and is gentle and confident.

Other tracks are by turns lovely, plangent and pleasant but the other stand-out on this 12 track wonder is ‘Try To Be Good’. This absolute banger recalls Nick Cave vs Dolly Parton, in some kind of mud-wrestling contest. It is dark but gorgeous and gives BM an aural orgasm up the back of her spine every time she hears it… This is a stone cold classic, no contest…

The rest of the 12 tracks are also very good, but when Sister John hit the motherlode in their riffs/singing combination they are a wondrous thing indeed.

Watch out listeners, this band could leave you paralysed… or paralytic…

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