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Eagle's Nest, Devil's Cave

(Ernest Jenning; US: 19 May 2009; UK: 19 May 2009)

Comprised of members of the Brooklyn-based old-time revivalists O’Death, Skeletonbreath has been called “Halloween music”. In actuality, however, this largely instrumental project should not conjure up images of black cats and goblins. Instead, it should bring to mind a dusty, Americana version of the Dirty Three. Violinist Bob Pycior explores his instrument in ways he never could within the confines of O’Death on Eagle’s Nest, Devil’s Cave, the trio’s second overall release. Flanked by the backing of drummer Tris Palozzolo and bassist Andrew Platt, Pycior and company craft 10 enjoyable tunes that harbor the feel of an old Fleischer brothers cartoon reel taking a wrong left-hand turn into The Decline of Western Civilization. In short, Skeletonbreath offers up a sound unlike anyhing happening in Brooklyn. Fans of such noir rock greats as Skeleton Key and Morphine take note.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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