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- CHEM164 / LP feat. members of Rachel's, Shipping News, The For Carnation and Shannon Wright's band
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Chemikal Underground seem to have a knack for picking up artists you've never heard of and doing the decent thing by unleashing their music on an unsuspecting public. But these lot have previous, this contains members of Rachel's, Shipping News, The For Carnation and Shannon Wrights band, basically the cream of Louisville. And gosh does it sound like it on the opening track 'Sleeping Colony' starting off a little like Bill Callaghan/Smog, it soon erupts into the type of post rock dynamics you may expect from people who have been drinking the same water as Slint. 'Arc of the Absentees' showcases the type of folk rock long made famous by Sandy Denny/Fortheringay/Fairport Convention recently re-badged by the likes of Trembling Bells, Men an Tol and The Accidental. 'Dead Letter Office' certainly has the Neil Young about it, the vocals recalling MC Taylor (Court and Spark/Hiss Golden Messenger) yet its a little too rootsy recalling those late unlamented Magnolia Electric Co albums where Molina decided it would better to be Bob Seger than Will Oldham. So its a hybrid of a quite traditional sound fed through more ambitious yet exquisite playing, distinctly pleasant yet lacking a certain edge to live up to past works.
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