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Wild Billy Childish & CTMF - 'Acorn Man'

The prolific musician and his backing band get poetic on latest offering

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  • Release Date 08 Dec, 2014
  • Record Label Damaged Goods
7 / 10
Billy Childish’s creative output makes even Jack White’s no-days-off workrate appear Pink Floydian in comparison. With over a hundred albums to his name, Childish and his current CTMF trio can still spring surprises. Last year they coaxed members of The KLF out of retirement for debut ‘Die Hinterstoisser Traverse’. While CTMF revel in the uninhibited joy of overdriven ’60s mono, ‘Acorn Man’ finds Childish’s punk-blues released from the garage into the countryside. Stinging riffs are lashed to pastoral poetry, including a sparse adaptation of American poet Walt Whitman on ‘The Song Of Myself’. Bassist Nurse Julie takes a major role, her comic turn on ‘What Is This False Life You’re Leading’ replete with manic Germanic ad-libs, but Childish’s defiant presence guides.

Stuart Huggett

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