Boomkat Product Review:
So it's finally happened, the man we used to know as Smog or (smog) has ditched the moniker and come up with a full length in honour of it. The big question is, was it worth it? Is the new material really worthy of changing the name, changing the concept? Well the music has certainly changed - we have always been Smog lovers here at Boomkat HQ, Callahan has managed to keep us tranfixed with pretty much every release, and although his vocals are still here in full force, it all sounds rather different. The tempered lo-fi Smog, which pitched Callahan next to his label-mates Pavement, is all but gone, making room for large high-budget productions (maybe an idea he picked up from his lady Joanna Newsom?) and the melancholic downtempo dirges have been replaced by foot-tappin', feel-good anthems. Could it be then that our man has finally found happiness, could it be that Callahan is finally content, settling down with one of the music scene's most desirable characters? Well I think he very well could be, there's a new-found swagger to 'Woke on a Whaleheart' - I mean take a closer listen to 'Diamond Heart', although Callahan's cynical humour in there somewhere buried under layers of simmering euphoria, it's not the same as it used to be. It seems quite brave for an artist this established to shake things up this deep into his career, but it's a move I welcome with open arms. Callahan is promising bright things from this album, and long may he continue to reinvent himself - he is without question one of the scene's most gifted, engrossing characters. "Woke On A Whaelheart" is a hazy wilderbeast of an album to be best enjoyed in the sunshine, get down and sing along - you know Bill would be proud. Highly Recommended.