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Ltd CD on Front & Follow. Edition of 250 copies.
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This folky thing is a project of Mark Kluzek who, if you squint at his name, looks sufficiently like Mark Kozelek that I am filing this under “Sun Kil Moon side project”. It of course sounds nothing like Sun Kil Moon. Instead we get a kind of angry folk thing going on. It’s all wheezing accordions, wandering flutes and an agricultural vocal style that sounds kind of like Joe Mangel pulling a tractor. It’s all doom laden, dark churning folk that according to the press release has an “overarching theme of helplessness in the face of terror and impending death”. Nice.
Actually there is nothing in the press release that would actually make me want to listen to it, the second half of the album being based on the diaries of a woman who, after coughing up blood for a night, died of tuberculosis. But if you can get yourself into a bleak mood (it’s not that difficult for me) then they are some really good musical moments. ‘The Cave of the Doughboys’ churns around endlessly, the extended band (including Katie English of Isnaj Dui and Littlebow fame) often sounds like they are playing walking uphill tied to huge rocks. The music drags itself forward as if fighting against a huge weight, the aforementioned ‘The Cave of The Doughboys’ end with a great singalong while ‘Hang From Your Neck’ is a more minimal piece with thumping drums, reasonably tuneful until its wierd droney interlude. The strings towards the end are just gorgeous. Think Nick ‘Dick’ Cave, Matt Elliott’s solo work, or one of the Constellation droners singing dark folk songs of horror and misery from Australian history.
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