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Second Stage: Milktooth

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A "milk tooth" is another name for a baby tooth, or the first tooth a child grows before his or her permanent teeth come in. It's also the name of a band from Nashville that's put out one of the more mesmerizing CDs I've heard in recent months. Milktooth's self-titled debut dabbles in a bit of everything, from noise-rock to glittering indie-pop and gentle folk, all in the span of about 25 minutes. If a single tone or theme ties the songs together, it's a surreal kind of creaky Americana, with spare acoustic instruments and sometimes haunting atmospherics, led by the howling voice of frontman David Condos. The members of Milktooth say they're working on a new batch of songs for release sometime this fall. In the meantime, here's a standout cut from the band's eponymous EP, called "Such Wondrous Light."

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Milktooth (photo by Rusty Ralston)

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