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Thrill Jockey

Released: 22.03.24

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appalachian duo Magic Tuber Stringband have been releasing their modern take on mountain music for a few years, on a series of small US indies, but Thrill Jockey feels like the best place for them to land, hopefully giving more people a chance to immerse themselves in this gorgeous music.

Black Twig Pickers and Pelt feel like obvious comparisons, as does Sally Anne Morgan and anyone else twisting that high lonesome sound into fresh new shapes. There’s traces of Penguin Café Orchestra’s chamber folk (especially on Twelfth House) and even current English bands like Caroline and Haress. This is music that makes you taste pellucid mountain streams and smell pine and want to run down mountain sides yelling for the joy of it all.

 

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