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CHARALAMBIDES, "INTERNAL/ETERNAL"

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With their latest release--their 6th or 7th perhaps?--the Austin via Houston duo of Christina and Tom Carter have created a disc of subtle psychedelia, imbued with reverberating guitar echoes and luscious drones. Recorded on Christmas Eve 1995, Internal / Eternal flows together as a seamless composition, with the majority of the tracks consisting of guitar notes that seem as if they are echoing across a vacant room, bouncing against the walls, pitches bent and morphed by the acoustics. Faint voices can be heard in the background at certain points, and subtle atmospherics lend to the album to give it a very haunting, hollow, quality. What is new, however, is the Arabic feel lent to much of the disc. It's as if you are standing in a deserted casbah, only to hear the music of the desert and the departed wash in from over the distant dunes. While this accounts for the first 7 tracks of the album, the last track, "City Prison," is a departure from this sound. Samples wander around lost in this soundscape, and various other aural objects including sampled voices and digital blips contribute to give this track more of a musique concrete feeling, a la Nurse With Wound. Darlings of the psychedelic / drone music world, Charalambides are one of those bands that you find yourself wishing to be a bit more popular, but yet find a certain joy in keeping them to yourselves.
Last Updated on Saturday, 16 July 2005 08:28  


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