The Golden Age of Steam
Welcome to Bat Country
James Allsopp is one of the most talented bass clarinettists and reeds players on the planet and here he builds on his excellent trio album Raspberry Tongue released three-and-a-half years ago. It’s still a trio (Allsopp, with Troyka organist Kit Downes, and former Hungry Ant Tim Giles), plus guests including the album’s producer Alex Bonney on trumpet, and a feline called Freddie “purring" on ‘Waffle Throne’. It’s all the fun of the fair with a Lynchian sense of unease at its anarchic, if eerily merry, heart. SG