TIP OF THE TONGUE 13 MARCH 2011
Texas Blues Working
Blackest Rainbow Recordings BRR-056
OUT OF STOCK!
Stunning gatefold 2xLP edition of what was originally a limited cassette album from Christina Carter, in a run of only 350 copies. It feels like we have been pretty much constantly drooling over new Christina releases of late but she seems to be in the middle of one of the most creatively-accelerated phases of her career right now and Texas Blues Working is yet another monster in a dazzling run of blats. This one matches choirs of overdubbed voice soaked in a ton of mystery and F/X over electric guitar shapes that move from knotty, almost Jandekian chord puzzles through lucid single-note heartbreak that feels closest to Loren Connors amazing form circa Hells Kitchen Park or Keiji Haino's recent midnight loop work. But it's the vocals that really grab you by the back of the neck, with supernaturally mournful wordless cries echoing through deep space and lucid sunbursts of west coast-style psychedelic oblivion (something of Jefferson Airplane circa After Bathing At Baxters/Volunteers) carved into some of the most emotionally barren and personally spooked song forms. This new version includes a bonus track exclusive to the vinyl. Haunting and unforgettable, another masterpiece from Christina. Last copies: now completely out of print. Highly recommended!