Hollering at us from the deep new south is Matt Myerscough of Sydney’s Red Eye Records. This month, he’s come at us with an album sure to help shake off any blues: The Jayhawks’ Paging Mr. Proust.
Longserving ‘alt-country’ pioneers return with killer 2016 album. Produced by Tucker Martine and Peter Buck of REM “Paging Mr. Proust” is loaded with jangly guitars, layered harmonies & memorable tunes. Founding member Gary Louris takes the reins as longtime collaborator Mark Olson has left the band (again) but the album is none the worse for it. This as fine a collection of well-crafted pop songs as you’re likely to come across this side of the Byrds and – like much of the Jayhawk’s best work – the more you hear it the better it gets. Highlights include instant classic ‘Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces’, the kraut-rock inspired ‘Ace’ & the plaintive ‘The Devil is in Her Eyes’. Great cover art too!
-Matt Myerscough, Red Eye Records