Whitley

"Go Forth Find Mammoth"

(Universal); Pop

By ​Phil ​Bennett

This cryptically titled album stems from a childhood experience of Whitley's, whereupon watching two documentaries (one on mammoths, the other on the human mind), he came to the startling realisation of the existence of death, along with all the attendant questions concerning what on earth this thing called life is all about.

The lyrics are full of references to it - "And we're becoming shadows And we're becoming silhouettes" (Poison In Our Pocket), "The sun will not be here And I know my life has an end" (Head, First, Down) - but it's by no means what one would call a dark record.

It's more an album of acceptance and of the sheer wonderment at the whole "life, universe and everything" mystery.

Musically speaking, it's pure dynamite - an excellent set of top quality songs full of magnificent peaks and troughs.

The abnormally tight rhythm section of Luke Bolton and Andy Reed on bass and drums has been bolstered by the imaginative input of Midnight Oil's Jim Moginie, and a little drumming help from the Oils' Rob Hirst.

And the sound is just fabulous.

As an artistic statement, it stands as a solid, unified piece which should be listened to in its entirety - varied in styles, thoughtfully arranged, and tied together with a thought-provoking lyrical thread.

A slow-burning selection to savour, Go Fort Find Mammoth is an album that grows more embraceable with each listen.

Marvellous.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.