CHARALAMBIDES (Experimental Spiritual/US)
Charalambides formed in Houston in 1991 amid a flock of fearlessly
exploratory (and often drug-induced) rock bands, when Tom, Christina,
and Kyle Silfer put down their beers and picked up their instruments.
From their 2006 & 2007 kranky releases A Vintage Burden & Likeness
onwards, Charalambides has renewed their concentration on
song-as-mantra (with intermittent guitar solos). But earlier
recordings (like 2001's Unknown Spin) whisper of interstellar voids
full of silence, or howl with ecstatically-received gnosis (2004's Joy
Shapes). Charalambides' live shows sometimes (and unpredictably)
continue this latter thread, which often startles fans familiar only
with the band's deceptively low-key reputation. In 2006, Charalambides
hit the road in earnest, touring the US/UK and making appearances at
that year's Terrastock, Arthurfest and the Thurston Moore curated All
Tomorrow's Parties: A Nightmare Before Christmas.
"Charalambides are among the most beautiful and mysterious groups to
have emerged from the American desert. ...They have created a glowing
template of humanist/mystical improvisation that has kneaded brain
muscles from here to Kokomo." - Byron Coley, The Wire
TONSTARTSSBANDHT (Noise, Psych/US)
Tonstartssbandht is Andy and Edwin White, two brothers from Orlando
who reside in Montreal and New York City, respectively. All of their
releases (often tapes) sound a bit disjointedly, but with an attention
to the texture and grain of low-fidelity that carries from each
excursion to the next. Tonstartssbandht has a few "signature sounds,"
not just one, and the brothers touch on everything from burnt
psych-rock and beautiful ambient passages to sampler-based rhythms and
classic vocal pop.