Jerry describes outstanding opening track and lead single Atone as a song that’s haunted him for 20 years. With its steely, sandblasted spaghetti-western aesthetic, however – indebted to the films of Sergio Leone and his great composer Ennio Morricone – it feels very much the result of the collaboration with Jerry’s neighbour Tyler Bates (Dawn Of The Dead, 300, John Wick) which sparked this project into life. Siren Song, too, feels like a spectacularly widescreen evocation of the Wild West.
As the album’s nine songs open out, other flavours come to the fore: grunge, obviously, but also spit-and-sawdust country-rock and even elements of folk. The title-track balances AIC-style menace (‘Only reap what you sow’) and breezier alt. tendencies. Prism Of Doubt is a masterful exercise in golden hour atmospherics. The brilliant Black Hearts And Evil Done builds up its jangling acoustic guitars, impassioned vocals and faintly Beach Boys-inflected chorus (‘Oh, here it comes / Equal to the sum’) to become an unexpectedly affecting highlight.