Though he’s been making music for more than a decade, singer/songwriter Spottiswoode didn’t pop up on my radar until earlier this year, when he contributed a song to pal Dan Rosler’s fantastic “Rosler’s Recording Booth” compilation. Duly impressed, I was eager to hear what Spottiswoode & His Enemies could do on their own.
“Wild Goosechase Expedition,” their first album in three years, is nothing short of remarkable, and after a dozen or more spins is guaranteed a spot on my year-end list of favorite albums. It’s that good.
A perfectly executed concept album with an eclectic collection of songs to make the 71-minute running time zip by, the 17-track release incorporates elements of pop, psychedelia, rock, and blues. The highlights are too numerous to mention – you won’t find a bad song in the bunch – but Spottiswoode & His Enemies soar highest on “Happy or Not” “All in the Past,” “I’d Even Follow You to Philadelphia,” “All Gone Wrong” and the title track. Go find this record. Right now.