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Tiny Vipers, ‘Hands Across the Void’ (Sub Pop)

Held together by its depressive fragility, this debut by singer/guitarist Jesy Fortino comes on like a melancholy mash note. Opener “Campfire Resemblance” is (barely) powered by her fingerpicked acoustic guitar and raw harmonies that invoke both choir practice and edgy carnality. Closer “The Downward” takes a prog-rock eternity to make good on its sadly sexy eight minutes with some deliciously funereal chord changes that Cat Power (a clear antecedent) hasn’t bummed us out with yet.

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