Vinyl Double LP £27.99 KRANK158LP
2LP on Kranky.
CD £13.99 KRANK158
CD on Kranky.
Ace! A new Charalambides CD! Five years in the making this baby has been. Considering a human child takes 9 months to be born from conception you'd expect this to be good and on first listen I can confirm that is the case. The core duo of Tom & Chrstina Carter are aided and abetted by Helena Espvall and Margarida Garcia who provide a string section on one track. The rest of the album sees the usual American folk and blues inspired guitars of Tom blended with the ghostly ethereal vocals of Christina. This works together amazingly well and their unique brand of psych blues/folk continues to be nothing but haunting. The guitars widdle pretty much from start to end so if you're not into widdly guitars then you're probably going to want to stop reading now! The vocals make it for me as Christina's voice drifts over the arrangements with spectral aplomb (I can't believe I just wrote that). The production is more hi-fi than previous releases but being they've been going for 20 years now you'll allow them some grace. Some of the songs are very sparse indeed and for me those songs work the best. The whole less-is-more approach tends to work best for me but anyone with an interest in U.S. folk and blues should really check these guys out if you've not already and this is as good a place to start as any.
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