Toshack Highway, Toshack Highway

Jon Wiederhorn

By Jon Wiederhorn

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Toshack Highway

Toshack Highway
More stunning sonic vistas from the former Swervedriver frontman.

After Swervedriver disbanded, frontman Adam Franklin launched his solo project Toshack Highway and explored avenues of sound his other band had veered around, including world music ("Man in the Middle East") electronic dub ("Waking Up") and keyboard-swept pop ("Valentine Number One"). At the same time, Toshack Highway persevered with the drifting atmospheres and dusky guitar rock of Swervedriver's last two albums, 1995's Ejector Seat Reservation and 1998's 99th Dream. There results are far from consistent, and Toshack Highway's eponymous debut is structurally scattered. But there are still plenty of stunning sonic vistas to satisfy Swerverdriver fans until the band's eventual reunion.