Will Hanson - Moving a Body
- Malcolm Jack
- 16 August 2011
Spine-tingling guitar melodies and off-kilter pop
The genesis of Londoner Will Hanson’s solo debut was a move from New York to Glasgow – go figure, it being a city that’s produced audibly two of his biggest influences in Mogwai and The Delgados. He cut his teeth previously with defunct Island Records-signed alt-rock also-rans Proxy, but that serves little forewarning of just how good an arrival Moving a Body – which comes fully-formed as if out of nowhere – turns out to be.
Think a little of the former above-mentioned Scottish band’s approach to spine-tingling guitar melodies and punishing volume, combined with some of the latter’s skill for an off-kilter pop song and a swooning orchestral swell, all thoughtfully distilled. Notwithstanding a title that may have the police chapping on his door, it’s an album that oozes good taste and good judgment.