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James Johnston – The Starless Room

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James Johnston - The Starless RoomJames Johnston often seems omnipresent, having lent his dark twang to the likes of Lydia Lunch, The Bad Seeds, Faust, PJ Harvey and of course his own baby, Gallon Drunk, over the past few decades. It comes as a bit of a surprise then that The Starless Room is actually his first ever solo release under his own name.

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James Johnston – Hassan Falls To His Death

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When James Johnston releases a solo album, it is really difficult to know what to expect. To my knowledge, this is his very first solo album. Being a bluesy rock star front man of Gallon Drunk, guitar hero in Lydia Lunch’s Big Sexy Noise, or session and live musician with The Bad Seeds is only one side of this multi-talented Englishman. Collaborating with Philippe Petit, and a couple of years as part of the line-up of Faust, has also proved him very capable of staying at the experimental-improv side of musical things as well.

So when I first played Hassan Falls To His Death, and at first heard his blues harp, I thought for an instance that

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