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Review:Joshua Homme’s-Desert Sessions Vol 11 & 12

By Lloyd Wakeling, Rock At Night, Manchester 

Review: Vols. 11 & 12 (a/k/a respectively as Arrivederci Despair and Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels

Music…subtle, industrious, brilliant beyond amazing…stares at you with the eyes of a demon, yet that demon entices and summons senses untouched for so long. It never ceases to amaze me how music in both its simplest and most complex forms can behave in such a way as to garnish each listen with an added, delicious addition to the story. Josh Hommes new offerings from the critically acclaimed ‘Desert Sessions’, this time 11 and 12, take us on a journey of the wondrous and the brave, perfectly illustrating the subtlety and the brilliance of collaboration in its truest sense, with trust.

subtle, industrious, brilliant beyond amazing

Genre busting and bristling with an edge that hits the mark again and again, this collection of tracks fills so many voids I never knew existed!. Unapologetic to the end, it feels deliberately under produced, giving each track a reason to believe in itself, flaws and all. When musical freedom is allowed to flourish like this, these sublime, timeless recordings are given space to bear their odd shaped, colourful fruit and it is with much hope that these volumes continue to produce many more crops! 


Vols. 11 & 12 were recorded (mostly) in December 2018 at Rancho De La Luna studios in Joshua Tree, CA, with Queens of the Stone Age founder and Desert Sessions ringleader/producer Joshua Homme enlisting a cast of players including:

Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)

Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint)

Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters)

Mike Kerr (Royal Blood)

Carla Azar (Autolux, Jack White)

Les Claypool (Primus)

Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf, Endless Boogie)

Matt Berry (What We Do in the Shadows, Toast of London)

Libby Grace

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Lloyd Wakeling
About Lloyd Wakeling (15 Articles)
The product of a there, where, everywhere lifestyle that all service families live through combined with being born into the 60's mishmash of politics, love and an anything goes era, is it any wonder I have an eclectic and varied love of all things music. Discovering the Beatles in Malaysia, Elvis and Fred Astaire in Torquay, Pink Floyd and Zeppelin at boarding school in Cornwall, Creedance in Saudi, taught me many things, but mainly the importance of the saying, 'each to their own'; nothing artistic can be is just different and after being diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome at 38 a lot about my life and outlook became much clearer to me, being a chef is what I do to earn money, being a much sold, self-obsessed artist tortures my dreams, but in all of it, music has remained my companion and as a friendly, happy companion with all of life’s memories entwined within their lyrics and melodies, things could definitely be worse…