Arts & Entertainment

Various Artists – Vast

An album with a story.

In a remote town hundreds of kilometres from Perth, some of Australia’s most prized songwriters have come together to write and record a handful of songs that have been inspired by a collective experience had in the deserted settlement of Cossack in the Western Australia Pilbara region. 

The line-up on this beautifully written album features Bernard Fanning, Sally Seltmann, Paul Dempsey, Glenn Richards, Oh Mercy, Kav Temperley, Tyson Mowarin, R.O, Jae Laffer, The Healys, Nick Sheppard, Parl McDermott, Aimee Chapman, Adam Harvey, Ryan Brennan, Ian Campbell and Josie Alec. 

The whole album has a very laidback Australian country feel with a few upbeat tracks to have a swing to. The three standouts on the 18-song album are, Sugarstone which has a great tempo, Overgrow and Red Dirt Town, a country tune that describes the outback vividly. 

A great album to relax to or have playing while entertaining guests plus all proceeds generated by the Vast album sales will be used for the sole purpose of promoting, encouraging and advancing artistic pursuits in the Pilbara region. 

★★★1/2

Reviewed by Riley Hooper

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