Since 2011’s Mercury Prize nominated Jon Hopkins collaboration Diamond Mine, King Creosote (aka Kenny Anderson) has gone from strength to strength. Having already conquered the contemporary folk world with 2013’s double whammy of That Might Well Be It, Darling and Sure & Steadfast, and then again with 2014’s From Scotland With Love, his latest release, Astronaut Meets Appleman, may well be his best album to date.
The haunting backing vocals of opening track You Just Want bring to mind Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds at their most evocative. Meanwhile, Wake Up To This showcases both Anderson’s incredible voice and his continuing affinity for juxtaposing a skiffle beat rhythm with the sing-along, stadium atmospherics of a Waterboys anthem that puts the Mumford’s of this world to shame. Surface sounds like The Flaming Lips covering Roy Harper and it even has bagpipes in it!