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Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard, ‘One Fast Move or I’m Gone’ (F-Stop/Atlantic)

The Son Volt and Death Cab for Cutie frontmen (respectively) go spare on this tribute to Jack Kerouac’s 1962 novel Big Sur, wedding text from the chronicle of a writer’s alcoholic breakdown to simple melodies and instrumentation. Gibbard, who already wrote a terrific song inspired by Kerouac on Death Cab’s Narrow Stairs, delivers a fey yin to Farrar’s more downcast baritone twang, which means his contributions — including the best of this bunch, “Willamine” — feel lighter, even when the words aren’t. A dark lark, but worth a listen.