Garwood is a veteran of the margins, a singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist guest (The Orb, Savages) whose sepulchral take on things has much in common with the blues. In 2012, Garwood befriended fellow gravelly voiced traveller Mark Lanegan and collaborated with him last year. Heavy Love is Garwood’s fifth outing, recorded this time in the California desert with Lanegan and Queens of the Stone Age producer Alain Johannes on the mix; there is a new and penetrating heat haze to these reverberating songs. Although the simpatico with Lanegan is clear, Garwood’s stints playing with the Master Musicians of Jajouka lend songs such as Suppertime in Hell and Hawaiian Death Song a far more ancient and heady bent.
Kitty Empire is the Observer's pop critic. She has written for NME and occasionally crops up on Radio 4, 5Live, BBC 6Music, and has appeared on BBC2's The Culture Show and Newsnight Review. @kittyempire666