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Magik Markers, ‘Boss’ (Ecstatic Peace!)

Like their name implies, Magik Markers’ music is scribbled, messy, and a malodorous high. Over the course of innumerable CD-Rs and a relentless touring schedule, guitarist Elisa Ambrogio and drummer Pete Nolan (founding member Leah Quimby left last year) have combusted a ferocious no-wave mix of detuned feedback, demented drumming, and holy-ghost free verse. Boss finds the duo (with producer/Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo on glockenspiel) still feral but also forlorn. On the heartbroken “Empty Bottles” and the spectral “Hartford’s Beat Suite,” Ambrogio emulates Karen O circa “Maps,” openly showing her bones.

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