Califone

Album Title: Stitches
Record Label: Dead Oceans
Review by John Noyd
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Sporting a post-rapture appetite for cinematic atmospheres, Califone’s astute musing and rugged conundrums coax desert-born folk-rock into an addictively wicked picture chock full of Lost Boys charm, hitch-hiker calm and buzzing electric head-trips. Laced with hobo haikus, alt-country rumbles and mesmerizing pining, “Stitches,” dishes funeral crooning alongside chain-link twang; incandescent sentences transcending roots-riddled genres accentuated in sad brass and draped in rusted dreams. Standing defiantly between desperate eloquence, heart-felt experiments and artful charges, Chicago’s own navigates a no-man’s land of suspended amends and dissolving resolve, doling out woeful indie-rock majesty smeared in weary theories and steely abstractions. Califone plays Madison’s High Noon Saloon January 23rd with ambidextrous Lambchop guitarist WILLIAM TYLER, whose breezy, breath-taking tapestry, “Impossible Truth,” topped many a best of lists last year.

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