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Charalambides, ‘Likeness’ (Kranky)

This Texas duo have churned out spectral, psych-infused folk since 1991, when Tom and Christina Carter first trolled through the Anthology of American Folk Music and began perverting and reinventing classic American memes. Likeness features lyrics plucked from the public domain, layered over heavily manipulated guitars. The narratives may be ancient, but the instrumentation sounds as if it were beamed down from outer space. All that otherworldly tension can be transformative: Try listening to the high, dizzy spins of “Figs and Oranges” without forgetting what century it is.

Now Hear This: Charalambides – “Figs and Oranges” DOWNLOAD MP3