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    Big Blood – “Old Time Primitives” – [dontrustheruin]


    Maybe the best yet from this marvelous Maine duo+. An album
    of other voices not quite summoned via EXP, but as present
    as the magnet on your right temporal lobe. There’s the five
    seconds of #9 which might be a thrift store find answering
    maching cassette? There’s also a Herb Diamante-like mystery
    singer (and I suspect mystery swinger) peppering the title
    track & closing the album with a slice of Jerry Reed’s “A
    Thing Called Love.” I might have heard whale whispers on the
    fantastic “Leviathan Song” and definitely their daughter,
    Quinnisa Rose launches the most rocking number with a sort
    Human Skab-ette battle cry on “Away Pt. I” (That ends with
    some backwards masking to boot). And of course throughout
    Colleen pulls various voices out of her own throat and
    Caleb twists those voices, the knobs and our ears. His
    guitar playing on here comes in the waves of angry sea,
    again varying the shadows and the strings, but keeping that
    gritty donttrusttheruin vibe. They come up with such catchy
    melodies that sparkle in the scratchy sound. They find the
    eerie in beauty repeatedly, check out “Mark the Spot Spot”
    and the underwater xylophone stumbling among other spots.
    Almost all songs track, making for an excellent full album
    listen, so if you dig one cut played on KFJC, track down a
    copy for the full sonic hayride through the Maine moonlight.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 11, 2012 at 2:22 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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