It is difficult to decide whether Cass McCombs is best described as prolific, or just persistent. Since releasing his début, A, in 2003 he has released and album every two years on average; a release rate that may well seem copious to a Tool fan, but isn’t especially frequent in the scheme of things. Regular might be applied, but that would almost imply a consistency to McCombs musical approach that isn’t quite there as – across his oeuvre – McCombs shifts back and forth between folk and Americana, and indie rock, all with a hint of the off kilter never far from hand. Persistent definitely seems the most apt.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 25th August 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.