J. Walker is one of Australia’s most inventive record producers. Having recently made albums with Paul Kelly, Jen Cloher and Jess Ribeiro, he’s returned to his own recording project, delivering his ninth Machine Translations album, and the first in four years.
The production is lean, the band (featuring Robin Waters and James O’Brien from The Boat People) is loose, and the vibe is lo-fi. It’s as if they’re playing live in your lounge room. Brian Wilson and Beck might be two touchstones, but Walker has got his own thing going on. Beggar In The House Of Love, in particular, is beguilingly beautiful. Oh is a delightful trip.
Oh is out now via Spunk.