WHEN a group of Australia’s finest songwriters traveled to the deserted WA town of Cossack, with just the Outback for inspiration, expectations were high something special would happen. And it has with Vast.
Australia’s lonely and beautiful environment is omnipresent throughout. It’s there in Paul Dempsey’s dreamy folk-pop opener The Sky’s Gone Missing and Oh Mercy’s ghostly Have A Little Faith, which merges alt-country and gospel.
Augie March’s Glen Richards is simply haunting on Cossack Tide, a tale about the town’s jail that housed lepers and Eskimo Joe’s Kav Temperley produces arguably his greatest vocal on the bluesy Sugarstone. Vast also features songs from Bernard Fanning, Sally Seltmann and Paul McDermott.