I feel like Smog was a different time; I was different people. And who can feel tethered to a line that long and old? It’s more natural to me to think in the form of trilogies. That’s about as far back as I can go in my catalogue and still have an inkling of who I was then and what I was doing. Anything further back than that becomes awkward teenage photos.
The guarded singer-songwriter sheds a little light on his latest
Twenty-three years into a career that has never been anything other than single-minded, Bill Callahan has released his best record to date.
Evolving rather naturally from the sound of its predecessor, 2011’s ‘Apocalypse’, ‘Dream River’ is a curiously hypnotic listen. It’s clear that Callahan has paid more attention to his vocals than he might have in the past, his distinctive baritone flexing in rather affecting fashion on several occasions.
The title ʻDream Riverʼ seems a pretty distinct contrast from ʻApocalypseʼ and the songs therein seem to capture a certain ease with the world. Where did the title come from and how much importance do you attach to your album titles in general?
A lot of importance. It has to be the perfect thing. With ‘Dream River’ I realised those words, while very common in titles, haven’t really been put together in the past – but it feels like they have. It seems familiar, but it’s not; like a dream.