Friday, February 20, 2015

Milton Star - Sorryville/Salvation

It seems that sometimes the most vivid mental images originate from sparse stimulus.  Perhaps the mind takes inspiration and colors in between the lines.  This really isn't a random thought, because I have been thinking about the effect the double A-side from Scottish duo Milton Star has on me.  The guitars shimmer and the percussion pounds insistently, even ominously.  And the vocals travel the mournful baritone channel previously dug by Nick Cave and Mark Lanegan.  But the duo of Alan Wyllie and Graeme Currie choose restraint rather than noise.  Is is country? Post punk?  Lynchian film soundtrack?  Well, yes, I suppose it sounds like all of that.  The effect is simultaneously beautiful and bleak, but it always is evocative and satisfying.  Recorded in a converted church in Fife where Wyllie lives, the music is enhanced by the unique acoustic environment.

The songs are out now via Sterogram Recordings.  Listen below, and source at the Bandcamp links at the end of the post.

Stereogram Recordings
Bandcamp for "Salvation" download
Bandcamp for "Sorryville" download

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