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Thalia Zedek is back again this week with this six-song mini album. I'm particularly enjoying the opening track, a moody trudge of dolefully ringing electric guitar, big dramatic piano chords and of course Zedek's vocals sitting atop everything with a weary forcefulness. There's a bunch of scrapey violin on this track which sounds like Warren Ellis from the Dirty Three, while the mood and structure of the track remind me of Songs: Ohia's 'The Black Crow'; hangdog but determined, with a lazily building intensity.
In later tracks Zedek takes things down a notch, with tracks like 'Julie Said' relying mostly on the fragile interplay between her voice and fingerpicked electric guitar. It's quite emotionally forthright music and I like the way she switches between full band sections and just voice and guitar, especially in 'Dreamalie' where the drums and slidey fiddle kick in and the guitar gets distorted and it goes from intimate Patti Smithisms to a crunching, rumbling grunge groove.
If steadily paced dusky folk-grunge cool is your bag, you probably already know this is going to be decent.
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