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As guitarist with the Church, Marty Willson-Piper became an icon of Australian rock during the ‘80s and his fascination with late ‘60s-style folk and progressive-rock has been a reoccurring theme in his work. The same elements can be found once again in 2009’s Nightjar in somewhat reconfigured form. Willson-Piper has matured as an artist over the years; you can hear a grown-up yearning in “The Love You Never Had” and “I Must Have Fallen,” as well as an awakened sense of political outrage in “Song for Victor Jara.” The fractured observations in “More Is Less” and “Feed Your Mind” have an elusive Dylanish sort of wit. As on past albums, Willson-Piper emphasizes textured sonic atmospheres, suggesting the softer side of early Pink Floyd at times. “No One There” billows with gauzy guitar lines, while “A Game for Losers” waltzes along to a melancholy accordion. Brightly chiming folk-rockers like “Lullaby For the Lonely” and “High Down Below” display a tighter grasp on songwriting form. Nightjar contains enough good stuff to commend it to devotees of post-psychedelic pop.

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Truly Awesome

Nightjar is really remarkable. A wonderful journey. No One There and High Down Below are two of the best songs I've heard in the last five years. Marty's vocals are incredible, his guitar work exceptional, and throw in the ethereal vocals of Tiare on songs like Lullaby for the Lonely and I Must Have Fallen - WOW. Every song is a story and a journey from one of the most thoughtful people in the business. Beautiful music. Nightjar is a must.

Thanks Marty!

Marty Willson-Piper is more famously known playing second fiddle to Steve Kilbey in one Australia's greatest bands, The Church. But make no mistake, this guy is a rock star's rock star. He's a great collaborator, playing in several other bands. He's an excellent and authoritative writer on the craft of songwriting and, as an audiophile, music in general. Plus, he's a nice guy. There's some excellent stuff on this album. Give a listen!

Feed Your Mind and ears

Great album from one The Church's most talented members.
I never get tired of "Lullaby for the lonely" or "High down below".
Keep the great music comming Marty!


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The guitarist and songwriter for the Church, Marty Willson-Piper has recorded several solo albums, some of which have been released in America. Art Attack (1988), his first, includes six tracks from the Australian-only In Reflection. Rhyme (1989) and Spirit Level (1992) have also appeared on Rykodisc. Willson-Piper spent the remainder of the decade focusing on his Church duties before returning to solo recording with 2000's Hanging Out in Heaven. A blue-ribbon collaborator, Willson-Piper also moonlighted...
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