Friday, June 15, 2007

American Catastrophe

Download: American Catastrophe -- "The Well"

The track above comes from American Catastrophe's upcoming release, Excerpts From the Broken Bone Choir, and it's fairly representative of what the record is all about. Dark, haunting, and sparse the song rumbles along beneath lyrics concerned with deeds equally shadowy. It's difficult not to make comparisons to other great American gothic artists such as Nick Cave, 16 Horsepower, and Michael Gira when listening to this Kansas City, MO outfit. It's nice (?) to know that there's such cinematic, emotive soundscapes being created out in our heartlands. And while I'm not normally one to go on too long about packaging, this CDs digi-pak fits it like a glove. The cover, all black, with an image of a crow holding an axe in silver is perfect. On the back, the darn thing is sealed in red wax with an Am Cat seal. The final touch, that's right, a black feather inside the package. Ok, maybe that last bit with the feather is a little over the top, but you have to admit it fits in well with the overall aesthetic. Excerpts comes out on July 3rd via Kansas City's Oxblood Records. Get some.

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