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Cerberus Shoal – “Chaiming the Knoblessone ” – [North East Indie Records]

Maine schemers outside the Maine stream. Art rock is a pretty big bin that idiots mistake for a trash can (the rest of us know it’s heaven). I don’t know much about the specific members of this Shoalition, but I suspect they run from their day jobs to get together at some sort of hodge-podge-lodge brimming with odd audio sources and esoteric instruments. Let me enumerate just some of the things I love about this

o songs that have lots of segments/stops/starts

o a multitude of voices, not always harmonious

o sense of humour throughout (not just on #4)

o touches of antiquity alongside the avantgarde
banjo, victola-sounding vox, ramshackle piano
along side extraterrestials

I’m curious how much rehearsal goes into these pieces as they are pretty broad, but the musicians never sound bored. A project defined more by what they will try than what they won’t.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 4, 2005 at 10:24 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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