Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Noughties #71: Califone "Roots and Crowns" (Thrill Jockey, 2006)

Califone elvolved out of another band from Chicago, Red Red Meat, in the late nineties, and have since released nine excellent albums. This one shaves it for me over the also brilliant Quicksand/Cradlesnakes (2003). Their noise is a bluesy alt-county rock, with bags of detail and texture, though when boiled down to its essence, these are essentially simple folk songs using the primary tools of acoustic guitar, gravelly voice and sweet harmony.

youtube.com/califone - spiders house
youtube.com/califone - the eye you lost in the crusades
youtube.com/califone - three legged animals

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