Spookpsalms, Piet Botha
A weary effortlessness imbues Piet Botha’s first Afrikaans studio album for eight years. It’s not the weariness of ennui, or of rote. It’s a worldly acceptance of the enormous weight of time that makes the bluer side of rock ‘n roll the contradiction that it is. Both a vital expression of the immediacy of life being lived, and an atemporal testament to the eternal tropes of existence.
What is Piet Botha? Elder statesman of South African rock, certainly, even it is is Minister without Portfolio. But also, on Spookpsalms, a channel for some sweetly painful love songs, and some fragile sketches of towns, cemeteries, roads and lives we’ve all reluctantly passed through at some time. A beautiful album, for those who know what they’re listening to.
(First published in Rolling Stone SA, 2011)
Read my feature on Piet Botha, courtesy of Rolling Stone SA.