Music: Destroyer of the Void by Blitzen Trapper ****
They may be likened to such nu-American folkies as Fleet Foxes and Midlake, but Blitzen Trapper make music that defies categorisation.
This, their third album, is packed to the hilt with ambitious and stylistically diverse fare that flits from prog-rock to the ethereal folk-pop of David Bowie circa Hunky Dory.
An evocative storyteller, Eric Earley can both sing sentimentally of lost love and craft grim tales of death and remorse. Although the genre-hopping material takes away from the cohesiveness of the record, individual songs stand out. Heaven and Earth is a striking ballad while Earley's duet with Alela Diane on The Tree recalls Gram Parsons' work with Emmylou Harris.
Burn it: The Tree; Heaven and Earth