Coal Vig, the 1996 album from Vacuum Tree Head, is a key moment in the evolution of the band. Richard E. Barber joins, and his expert woodwind and keyboard stylings bring a new level of musicianship to the proceedings. Musically, this album is something of a tribute to the sounds and ideas of the post-WWI European art scene. Neoclassic cubism? Rocking Dada? What is this music which defies description? Can the ocean be 'described'? [Thank you, Mr. Conrad Roberts]. Seriously, though, this is a great album. And you need to hear it to really appreciate what's going on. Vocals by Hillary Pryde, drums by Thomas Scandura (Molecules, Dirty Patina), Matthew Waldron (irr. App.(ext.), Nurse With Wound) on bass guitar, appearances by Ron Anderson, Glenn Sorvisto, Rale Sidebottom, James Rodenborn - what's not to like?