Charalambides are Tom and Christina Carter, and they have been exploring obscure regions of psychedelic improvised guitar for many years now. This is the first time that Glowing Raw has been issued on vinyl, and it sounds all the more enveloping for it. Released by Drawing Room Records, along with a fold-out poster.
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The second in a twin reissue of Charalambides records, ‘Glowing Raw’ sees psychedelic duo Tom and Christina Carter using their teamwork for a similarly unwinding, warped kinda guitar music -- it meanders in and out as the two of them feed off one another’s energy, Tom Carter’s guitar finding Christina Carter’s vocal or indeed reproaching from it.
Where ‘Strangle The Wretched Heavens’ is a claustrophobic collection of heavily distorted, often frantically played jams, this record opens with the gorgeously minimal “Vanity, Look In Passing”, which consists of bold chords, quiet oscillations and small vocal imprints. “Do You Believe” offers synthwork alongside the earth-scorched guitarwork, and dampens Christina Carter’s vocal performance to make it feel further away than ever. Hints of Carter’s future records, which have often focused on nothing but a cappella rearrangements of pop standards, are present on “Give Me Jesus”, where the guitar all but disappears, demoted to mere backdrop residue as her voice is mixed to the fore.
This record is more pronounced than ‘Strangle’: its distortion is dreamlike, sweeter than its brash counterparts on its sister record (take the elastic “The Solder Glowing Raw”, for instance), while the vocal performances are clearer, vocalised for all ears rather than just keen ones. This is the Charalambides record that feels most ready for public consumption, offering a digestible, occasionally less meandering version of a band who made up their own secret psychedelia.
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