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Bastard Recordings

Released: 30.09.16

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Steeped in gothic country and Morricone soundtracks, Black Angel Drifter is a one-off project from Hacker and Anne of the criminally underrated Morton Valence.

Here they take the ‘urban country’ vibe of recent MV releases but head off into the desert, vultures circling and revolvers cracking. Often augmented by found sounds and concrète soundscapes the songs here are still rooted in the South London underbelly which has long been their milieu, full of lowlifes, priests and losers. A Bad Seeds, chain gang vibe permeates Sister Pain, Lead On is a drunken funeral march, a remarkable cover of Dylan’s Man In The Long Black Coat is an unexpected centrepiece and throughout it all there’s Hacker and Anne’s heart-breaking, weary duets and harmonies.

Essential.

 

 

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