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White Magic, ‘Dark Stars’ (Drag City)

This New York indie-folk group, built around keyboardist Mira Billotte’s keening, haunting voice, have never quite reached their full potential, issuing but one album, 2006’s mixed-bag Dat Rosa Mel Apibus. With Dirty Three drummer Jim White again sitting in, White Magic opt for a second EP, featuring more of their well-worn but still spectral songcraft. “Shine on Heaven” is constructed from Billotte’s piano-recital lines and echoing lyrical koans, while on “Poor Harold,” the band whoop around a spare snare beat, as if they were at play in the dark.



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