Can it really be nearly a year since Bill Callahan released Dream River? When Thomas reviewed the album he wasn’t short on praise stating that ‘Part of his [Callahan’s] authorial talent lies in his seamless comingling of the elemental and the everyday. This added to his formidable turn of phrase make him one of the most distinctive and valuable songwriters currently working.’ Read the review here.
The press release accompanying the video adds credence to Thomas’ thoughts as well as setting the scene for the video you’re about to see:
Lyrically, he tugs at the loose strands of a scene and unspools ’em until he comes to the knot. Or if he’s out of doors, he ruffles the chaff that makes up the haystack, looking for something sharp and hard. The visual modes of “Javelin Unlanding” are exquisite; shifting in delicate but deliberate time as Bill’s lyrics wander. On screen, Bill takes shape as the moon, surveying the earth below. Guitar strums fan into blooms of smoke, sliced through by more guitars taking other forms—snakes and mountainous ranges, shards of erupted earth. But don’t fret! Even with such devastation, Bill is able to give us a grounded perspective as he floats into the unknown surrounding universe. See the magic for yourself in the brand new video for “Javelin Unlanding” by Hanly Banks and Chris Rusch!
07 – Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway
08 – Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland
09 – Way Out West Festival in Goteborg, Sweden
11 – VoxHall in Aarhus, Denmark
12 – Mojo Club in Hamburg, Germany
13 – Zakk in Dusseldorf, Germany
14 – Sankt Peter in Frankfurt, Germany
15 – Openluchttheater De Goffert in Nijmegen, Netherlands
16 – Pukklepop Festival in Hasselt, Belgium
17 – Green Man Festival in Brecon Beacons, United Kingdom
Read Thomas’ live review of Bill Callahan’s Bristol gig from earlier this year.