I first discovered the music of Thalia Zedek via her previous band Come, who in the 90’s released a string of brilliant albums which although rooted in US alt rock, always seemed to push the boundaries of what melodic guitar music could do. Now more than twenty years into a solo career Zedek releases her eighth solo album ‘Perfect Vision’.

Opener ‘Cranes’ has subtle slide guitar underneath the americana infused melodies, whereas ‘Queasy’ is an all out rocker with guitar riffs powering the tune along. Zedek has a knack for making guitar tunes which steer towards the melancholic yet never stay there too long, as there’s ways a guitar line or riff around the corner to lift everything as on ‘The Plan’.

Another fine album of sonic guitar explorations.

Thalia Zedek Band – Perfect Vision: Out Now (Thrill Jockey Records)


From the early days of creating handmade zines, in a DIY paper and glue style, interviewing bands around town, then pestering Piccadilly Records to sell them, to writing for various independent mags such as Chimp and Ablaze, writing about the music I love is still a great passion. After testing the music industry waters in London with stints at various labels, being back in my hometown again, writing about this city’s vibrant music scene is as exciting as ever. All time favourite bands include Sonic Youth, Nick Cave, Patti Smith although anything from electro to folk via blues and pysch rock will also do nicely too. A great album, is simply a great album, regardless of whatever musical cage you put it in.