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NPR Music producer Lars Gotrich and I rarely share the same taste in music (check out one of his guest DJ stints on All Songs Considered). But I immediately fell in love with a new album he recently passed along to me called Northern Songs. It's a beautifully unpredictable collection of lo-fi, neo-psychedelic folk songs by Chris Weisman and Greg Davis, two songwriters from Vermont.
Northern Songs opens with a glitchy mix of shortwave radio static and something that could only be described as laser guns, before melting slowly to a gently strummed guitar and distant vocals. The rest of the album is very spare. Weisman and Davis mostly stick to a single guitar with two-part harmonies and maybe some simple bells or a synth line. It makes the mix feel a little rough around the edges, but warm and inviting.
This cut closes out the album. It's called "Crystal Under Brattleboro."
This album is available at the band's Web site.
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