Somewhat of a change from his last album, the superb " A Sailor's Guide To Earth", the new release is accompanied by an anime film on Netflix. Those expecting soulful Amerciana are in for a shock. From the instrumental guitar hero wailings of "Ronin" it is clear that Simpson has set out to follow his own advice on track 5, "Make Art Not Friends" and that we aren't in Kansas anymore.
Whilst those hoping for a more country direction might be disappointed, I love this album. It was clear from "A Sailor's Guide" that Simpson was not afraid to mix up his influences and this record simply demonstrates he has the chops and vision to go in any direction he chooses. My only criticism is the that the vocals are often overloading the mics and whilst this will clearly have been an artistic decision, I would have preferred a little more headroom.
Where he goes from here, who knows, but I can't wait to hear.
"Everybody is trying to be the next someone......"