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    Big Blood – “Radio Valkyrie 1905 – 1917” – [Feeding Tube Records]

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    Behold a Russian author’s mystic reprieve? A lost Jodorowsky
    soundtrack? No the latest full flight from a band that had me before
    their very first drop (talking walking Cerberus Shoal blues). As much
    as I dug the revelation of the earliest donttrustheruin CDRs this double
    12″ drop from the fine folks at Feeding Tube sounds like a crowning
    achievement. Plus the packaging captures the motif of those homespun
    art project CDRs. More music from the family hearth and ancestral
    meadow in Portland, Maine of Big Blood. Patient psych, drawn out
    without being strung out, outside folk with swells of voice and rustic
    guitar. Field recordings, home cassette memories and sleepy music
    boxes drift in. “Secret Garden” could be some electrified caveman’s
    proto lute or a slide sitar, Caleb Mulkerin untangles the notes well,
    and retangles them when needed. Colleen Kinsella’s voice, inherently
    so pretty and soothing, forsakes bouquets and garlands for a trek
    through brambles and weedy overdubs. Each of the four sides here
    hold a spiral of songs, no breaks other than psychic ones. Personalitles
    emerge, demiurges splurge. Muse meets muse, inspiration ping pongs
    back and forth, themes are born and reprised, children are born and
    harmonizied. Flutes fly in on “Ice Swells” even when a vocal stays
    the same, “Everything is Improving.” This duo knows their mantras,
    and it appears many of the lyrics here are tight phrase reductions from
    the writings of Yevgeny Zamyatin, It’s more about how they are sung
    then the words themselves, and how they recur as the musical themes
    do here. Whether they deliver rocking chair anthems knitting kaleidoscopic
    blankets, or spooky lullabies for vampire children hanging upside
    down on backwards guitar, or ballads for dissident phantoms from
    EVP broadcasts, Big Blood bleeds a rainbow of beauty. Valkyrie Eleison!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 16, 2013 at 12:13 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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