20/05/2007

AGENDA CONCERT / Charalambides (+Guillaume Maupin) @ RECYCLART 21.05 (8€)

charalambidesNo doubt the godparents of the whole "freak-folk", "free-folk", "new weird america", whatever scene, Charalambides" were wandering alone in that arid wilderness when they started recording and releasing their music via cassette in the early '90s. With enough artists now having sprouted to warrant the naming of an entire sub-genre, they are still at the head of the class. Charalambides is where it all started.

Press quotes for their 2004 album "Joy Shapes":

"[Their] patient sound explorations slow time down to just above stasis, so that each second can be fully explored before the next one arrives." - The Wire

"These songs aren't so much hymns of passing to the other side as they are murder ballads." - Pitchfork [rating 8.6]

"Their music rooted in earthbound blues and folk traditions by only the most distant umbilical cord" - Mojo [4 out of 5 stars]

"A milestone in the quest for rapprochement between composition and improvisation.." - Stylus

"It is nocturnal, erotic, and marvelously innovative, yet remains an intimate and sublime work of the human heart, an undefinable spiritual conciousness, and of course aesthetic ambition combined with musical vision." - AllMusicGuide

"A little like a ghost-sighting; completely frightening, yet undoubtably moving; the tones of the record both beautiful and terrifying, sometimes at once." - Inpress

"...it's effects feel entirely beyond description" - Dusted

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