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Viking Moses, ‘The Parts That Showed’ (Epiphysis)

Gorgeously recorded by Paul “brother of Will” Oldham, Parts is a you-are-there document of obsession and despair about a gold-hearted teen hooker and (fancifully) intended for Dolly Parton to sing. Brendon Massei (a.k.a. Viking Moses) has been doing the itinerant freak-folk thing for a decade-plus (Devendra Banhart included him on the now semi-legendary The Golden Apples of the Sun comp), and though his quaver can be a bit much, the songs are mercifully simpler and more tune-shaped than most modern acid-acoustic types.