Well, the band is from Australia, so the CD was available only as an import.
"In that case," you say, being a reasonably logical person of sound mind and body, "why not just download it from iTunes or Amazon? No shipping, no import -- right?"
Answer: because the digital files were available only as "imports" as well.
Yes, these are electronic files. Yes, there is no "transportation" of these files or physical reason why these cannot be transmitted. Yes, this is incredibly dumb.
In any case, I'm happy to have had the chance to finally get a listen. Nowhere Forever is a sea change in sound; at first I heard a lot of similarities to Sugar's Copper Blue (and tonally that is the most direct comparison for the first half of the album), but the more I listen to it, the more it sounds like The Lilys' In the Presence of Nothing.
But I'm still not sure on this one. I wrote 90% of this review two weeks ago, but have been vacillating on whether this is great or merely good. I'll say this: the first 3/4 make a really nice rock album. The dropoff at the end knocks it down a peg.
CD Placement Rating: Portable CD Case.