Melbournite Ben Mastwyk’s second outing explodes the delicate poise of excellent debut Mornin, Evenin with lashings of cosmic American pedal steel and psych-guitar glitz. Backed by hot band the MILLION$, Mastwyk plunges headlong into Seventies country-soul glam with opener ‘This Country’, with its sensuous saxophone and J.J Cale slink. Inspired by Hank Snow’s take on Geoff Mack classic ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’, album highlight ‘MIA LA’ is an instant, locomotive classic, and finds Mastwyk projecting the maniacal grin of Dub Dickerson. Elsewhere, Mastwyk plays a heartsick hangdog waiting beside so many telephones (‘Ring Ring Baby’), whooping his high-lonesome hankering with classic country aplomb. With its shades of mid-century exotica, ‘Quit Your Comin’ Round’ reads like a Tiki bar house band signing off for the night, while ‘Not Up for Makin’ Up’ recalls ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’. For fans of Flying Burrito Bros, Daniel Romano and their ilk, Winning Streak will be a hard album to top in 2018. Gareth Hipwell