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Title - 'Talisman'
Artist - Gus McKay

Talisman is now Gus McKay's fifth album, and when comparing his previous albums with the latter, he has definitely taken a new road.

The base is still roots and blues mixed with a form of Americana, but he goes on this album towards alt-jazz and psychedelic by adding strings, tenor sax and trumpet and other instruments.

Indeed, he has created a very distinctive atmosphere with his music and sounds: psychedelic, a strange kind of dream, always surprising.

Recorded in an old 1950ís service (gas) station, converted to a recording studio (Aerial Studios) in the Darling Range Glen Forrest West Australia, this 10-track (39 minutes) new album oozes rock, blues, and also features a quite liberal serving of jazz, horns and strings.

1. 'Art Of Living'
2. 'Fallen Down'
3. 'Hundred Acres'
4. 'Piawaning Suit'
5. 'The Man'
6. 'Muse'
7. 'Bohemian Life'
8. 'Murchison Sequel'
9. 'Gin Gin Morning'
10. 'Last Dance'

The gentle guitar work of 'Art Of living' opens the album perfectly, and is backed seamlessly by the mid-tempo, New Orleans on a sweaty, oh so sweaty night, organ flow of 'Fallen Down.' The wistful 'Hundred Acres' is up next and is followed by the finger-pickin' fun of 'Piawaning Suit.'

'The Man' is a lovely, deep down South harmonica-driven piece and is backed by my own personal favorite on this stunning new album, the ballad 'Muse.' The rich storytelling of 'Bohemian Life' is next with the pulsating ebb and flow of 'Murchison Sequel' yet another musical gem.

The album then rounds out, all too soon, with 'Gin Gin Morning' (which highlights McKay's guitar work quite like no other track), and then the Bayou Country-inspired 'Last Dance.'

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