Tim Hill – “Calico”


A first track surfaces today from Tim Hill’s sophomore album Giant. The Allah-Lahs touring keyboardist recorded an album of four track recordings for the band’s Calicos Discos a few years back and a single for Innovative Leisure in 2018. He makes a proper studio-sized debut as a split between both labels here. Hill notes that he’s always trying to write some version of Neil Young’s “Out on the Weekend,” and that notion captures the spirit of the first single. As hangdog and hungover as that period of Young’s career, Hill captures a loping strum and wearied harmonica within “Calico”s” lament. Both Brady Henrie and George Madrid contribute pedal steel to the album. Not sure which is laying down on this track, but the mournful sighs give the song a good bit of its draw while Hill stares down the inevitable with his perfectly exhausted delivery. I’m a sucker for an album that’s pushing aside serenity in favor of simply finding solace and “Calico” hints that Giant is just that kind of record. The album is out February 10th from Innovative Leisure.

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