Israel Cannan: Walk (Poets Corner)

 |   |  <1 min read

Israel Cannan: Let It Rain
Israel Cannan: Walk (Poets Corner)

Cannan from the east coast of Australia has ben itinerant for some while -- hence the title of this album -- and has spent his time looking, writing and finally recording this quietly impressive album.

There's a folk-rock quality at work mostly  (although he veers alarmingly close to early REM on To The Left) but he is also something of a road philosopher-poet on material like On My Way ("one sea, one shore, one open door") and themes of moving on, spiritualism and religion (I'm guessing some Christianity in his life?) and searching for meaning are throughout these 13 songs.

He also has a strong voice which can carry the more rocking tracks, but his forte is the intimate (Forever This Time). 

He kept a journal and posted videos during his travels (see here) and you have to admire his stamina, smarts and songcraft.

Interesting, on every count. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs and Englishmen (Universal)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs and Englishmen (Universal)

Some weeks back Elsewhere noticed a worrying pattern; certain artists – David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Ray Columbus, Mose Allison – died shortly after we had written about them.... > Read more

Darkstar: North (Hyperdub/Southbound)

Darkstar: North (Hyperdub/Southbound)

By happy coincidence I mistook this band's name for that of a prog outfit I was once curious about -- maybe if I had heard the words "dubstep electronia" (which is how they are sometimes... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

NPME: Mareureu (Pacific Echoes)

NPME: Mareureu (Pacific Echoes)

There is a growing genre of Pacific-influenced jazz: the Mamaku Project (see tag) has elements of it, and this album by the New Pacific Music Ensemble is another. With saxophones and electric... > Read more

THE ROLLING STONES; FIFTY YEARS by CHRISTOPHER SANDFORD

THE ROLLING STONES; FIFTY YEARS by CHRISTOPHER SANDFORD

Reading this well paced and page-turning overview of the Rolling Stones' career, lives and finances, the surprise is not that they have survived 50 years, but that they survived 1968, 1969, 1970,... > Read more