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St James Infirmary - Artefacts: Sacred and Profane

Over the years dozens of bandmates have swirled around Ashington’s g.w. lang under the St James Infirmary banner, and his latest release features contributions from Richard Dawson, Nev Clay and Cath & Phil Tyler. And the results are fantastic. From Lankum-like enrapturing drones (‘Cuddy’s Cave’ – a track that namechecks “Shields Road’s Wilco”) to freakbeat positively thrumming with hallelujah vibes (‘Northumbrian Rapture (All God’s Children Headin’ Up To The Sky’) to gently fried psych pop (‘The Depths Of Sky’) to wonky C86 (‘Four Paths’) this is a release absolutely shimmering with treasure. RM

Released 1 December on Cruel Nature Records