Lehmann B Smith is something of a juggernaut. In 2012, his 10th year of songwriting, and first year playing with Totally Mild, he released not one, but four albums: Split, Little Milk, Girlfriends and Roominations. While appearing to be an indication of Lehmann’s work ethic, the bulk material is more a sign of his endeavor to keep the creative process fresh. Having already spent time with KES Band supporting Rowland S. Howard, Boredoms and My Disco, splintering off to support Bonnie Prince Billy on his own for several shows, it crossed Lehmann’s mind to settle on one project. He decided to try his hand at folk-rock, inspired by Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush. He became fixated on mortality and fascinated by the repetition of the body over human history; of desire, disinterest, loneliness, drunkenness; of being cold, of being dirty; of being able to express abstract thought through his body but also being limited by it. It was perhaps these lines of thought that transformed a simple and direct suite of songs into the thoughtfully orchestrated, beautifully crafted work, recorded over a weekend on a friend’s farm. Lehmann’s fully realised Thank God For My Body presents the level of musicianship necessary for carrying its lyrical weight with tenderness and strength.