BILL CALLAHAN (Smog)
BILL CALLAHAN (Smog) radiates a peculiarly male energy: an unspecified kind of careworn rage, an acute sense of restlessness. As an autobiographer, Callahan is a rogue trader with an unreliable commodity, a conscientious objector to the confessors club that constitutes singer-songwriting. Boasting the propulsive, glittering and classically pretty arrangements of Neil Michael Hagerty, BILL CALLAHAN (Smog) manages to bypass the trends of the modern day while shunning retro entrapments. With a mix of gospel backing vocals by Deani Pugh-Flemmings of the Olivet Baptist Church, the incendiary guitar work of Pete Denton, and the honeyed violins of Elizabeth Warren.