May 20, 2010

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Smoke Fairies, Ghosts
453 Music, April 13
It’s difficult to be mysterious and artistically compelling in the time of Twitter, but this young English chick duo have combined some crazy influences with a half-anonymous rep to render some seriously tasty cool. Long story short, their first muse was a parent’s collection of dusty ’60s vinyl, from which they learned Jefferson Airplane song structures, and then they came to the states, to Tulane, where they had a torrid romance with unplugged swampland guitars.

The sounds that crawled out of this murky test tube are these: Loreena McKennitt — bodice-squeezed vibrato and all — on the vocal end, a little Zep, a dot of Creedence, a heap of 60s stadium-folk, temperance provided by Patsy Cline. This nine-song set — if you can find the thing; it’s not listed on Amazon as of this writing — is a gathering of their most well-received material, which includes a 7” produced by Jack White for his own Third Man label. Cult-dom absolutely beckons, but these two could blow absolutely huge. Well worth the search. AEric W. Saeger