Phil Diamond returns to the fold with Deathly Hollow, an eight-song suite of carefully crafted commiserations of self. Composed entirely of samples from Alexandre Desplat's compositions for the Harry Potter film franchise, Deathly Hollow plays to the more orchestral side of Diamond's inclinations, previously highlighted on A Song That Can Exist. On tracks like "Deathly Hollow," "Devil," and "End," Diamond delivers his embittered but resolved monologue like a younger, more spiritually disposed Leonard Cohen. Each beautifully sardonic moment of clarity lands with an air of class and complete composure. I, for one, am hoping this is the beginning of a one-year Scammers' backlog making its way out into the world.
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