Zambri, 'Glossolalia' (Kanine)

Critical Mass
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Label: Kanine

by Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

New York's Zambri sisters -- Jessica and Cristi Jo -- have established themselves as sweet pop songwriters who also like to freak out, couching celestial harmonies in skewed synths that sound transmitted from Kate Bush's womb. But Glossolalia stretches their sing-along melodies into something even weirder. There's no speaking in tongues, per se, but expect plenty of oozy, noisy bits and drum patterns tapped directly from the netherworld. Such an unpredictable, cliffhanger atmosphere suits their witchy vocals; wispier backdrops give them room to breathe. Considering how expertly they dabble in the dark side, it's tempting to place a bet on goth making itback to the mainstream.

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