Album Review

Don’t Trust Your Neighbors [coll] – [Hinter Records]

Cousin Mary   7/24/2012   12-inch, International

Christopher King, a self-described obsessive 78s collector, picked up some curious records with Greek lettering which turned out to have been marketed to Albanian expatriates in Greece around 1930. Over time he collected more and realized that Albania’s resistance to assimilation by other countries (hence the title “Don’t Trust Your Neighbors”) was reflected in these very unique sounds. Lovely foreign sounding harmonics and odd meters give the listener the feeling of hearing something ancient. Violin, clarinet, vocals and strummed instruments come through very clearly on these beautifully remastered tracks from 78’s. Art work includes a 2011 drawing from R. Crumb.

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