It is possible that this argument has affected the song choice and self-deprecating title of this album. "Across the Western Ocean" and "Leaving Australia" both tell of the loss of leaving, suffered by those driven by the cruel pull of a new promised land, either for gold prospecting, or on the packet ships that took millions to their fortune in the land of plenty and the potential for disappointment that lay in these new worlds. "Fanny Blair" is an old whaler’s tale of false accusation by a not so innocent young girl, that leads to death as a lonesome bell tolls. The mood remains somber for "Henry’s Downfall", the story of a young poacher’s transportation to Tasmania, all oppression, and no redemption. One cannot help but think these songs may have struck a chord with Mr Moray during his journey through the music business, a theory reinforced by the final hidden track, an arid lament for Adam Ant.
In essence, go buy this multi-textured, compelling record, and become beguiled by its emotional fractured beauty, its anger, pathos, and pure inventiveness. It may be Low Culture, but it is also high culture, where the past meets the present. Back to the future? Absolutely. Album of the year so far? Obviously.