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Hermit Thrushes

Mystery Ocean

(Single Girl Married Girl; US: 20 Sep 2011; UK: Import)

The third full album, and eighth release, from Hermit Thrushes is a predictably noise-y, off-kilter one that incorporates field recordings, bass clarinets, nervous-sounding vocal lines, and guitars that whir and wear atop tracks such as “Nails In The Wood” and “Telegraph Hill”. The unusual instrumentation and house-of-horrors rhythms and lyrics are dense, claustrophobic and achieved with an enviable authenticity. It’s not the easiest stuff to hang with, thus by the time Mystery Ocean winds down, a mere 24 minutes after it all began, the listener can breath a sigh of relief and pause for a moment or two before getting back on the helter skelter ride.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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