To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie Marlone
Originally from Richmond, VA, and now based in Minneapolis, the duo of Jehna Wilhelm and Mark McGee makes no bones about its debt to Kranky's flagship band, the now-defunct Labradford. To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie's scope is cinematic, but their second LP suggests grainy, industrial cinéma vérité instead of the doomy, spaghetti-western feel of an album like Labradford's Mi Media Naranja. Though it takes a bit for the listener to warm up to the band's production style—just when the music gets too close to warm drone, an icy sample pierces the drift—the band attains an excellent middle ground of electronic space-folk on tracks like "Along the Line." The patient, scraping beauty of "Bridgework" seals the deal—this is an album that rewards sidereal and deep listening alike.
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