cass mccombs, singer-songwriter born in northern california in 1977 and currently residing somewhere in that state, releases 'wit's end', his fifth-and-a-half album and third on domino. the result of two years recording in various homes and studios in california, new york, new jersey and chicago, 'wit's end' was produced by cass with ariel rechtshaid, with whom he also created catacombs. sounds that conjure the colours purple and black, this is his darkest record to date. it seems he is going deeper into the mania of a man buried alive inside his self-made catacombs, banging the stone walls, crying to be let out, and enjoying the quiet away from the outside world. however, he is not a man afraid of his own shadow, for in this environment of complete darkness, no shadows can be cast. this is a world of total feeling. here, words become a catalyst away from the slavery of arbitrary thought and toward feeling.