We hear a lot of negativity about the way that technology, especially the side of it which makes the world a smaller and more connective place, is ruining the world. And much of it is justified. But without such systems, collaborations between artists such as Harry Stafford and Marco Butcher would never have happened.

They may have been moulded from the same apocalyptic, punk-soul clay but they have never actually met in real life, never mind worked together musically. But, despite the pandemic raging around them, and isolation and lockdowns making collaboration between like-minded musicians even more difficult than ever, the two have spent the last year collaborating on an album, and this dark and majestic beast of a single is its calling card.

Bone Architecture is a collection of reworked older material, brand-new compositions and even a dirty blues version of the Pink Floyd classic Arnold Layne and There’s Someone Tryin’ To Get In is a wonderful taste of what’s to come.

An apocalyptic lullaby that a younger Nick Cave would have loved to have written, a boozy saunter through a Waitsian soundscape, a bruising swagger through old blues territory, the half-spoken tones perhaps inspired by Shriekback‘s muse flying low overhead…I could go on but I won’t, I’m sure you get the picture. And if you are left in any doubt then all you have to do is buy the album. Go on, you have to do something with all that money you have saved by not going to the pub over the last 18 months and I can’t think of anything better to spend your hard furloughed earnings on.

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