winter-wheatSince Canadian band The Weakerthans’ dissolution last year, the world’s been lacking the intoxicating narratives delivered in the unmistakable timbre of vocalist John K Samson.

His solo material was always a neat bonus to The Weakerthans’ catalogue, but now his band has retired, a new album from Samson is truly an event worth celebrating. Winter Wheat offers nourishing variations on tone and topic, the most brilliant of which falls on Select All Delete (an instructional dissection of modern tech anxiety). The real heartbreaker lies in the double whammy of 17th Street Treatment Center and Virtue at Rest, in which recurring feline confidante Virtue The Cat makes her final appearance. Just gorgeous and good for the soul.

Winter Wheat is out now via ANTI.

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