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Various Living Bridge

  • Words: Scott Thill
  • Label: Rare Book Room
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Nicolas Vernhes’ Brooklyn studio has hosted many indie titans, some of which he has captured for this seamless two-disc compilation. Think of it as This Mortal Coil for our still-new millennium: From the bipolar piano by Animal Collective’s Avey Tare on “I’m Your Eagle Kisser” to Telepathe’s orchestral “I Can’t Stand It,” you’d think you were listening to Filigree and Shadow all over again. But the star power is arguably greater here: Everyone from Silver Jews and Enon to Fischerspooner and Deerhunter show up for a session. But they have to work hard to outshine other efforts, like Blood on the Wall’s short, psychedelic nugget “Lightning Song” or John Wolfington’s evocative “Grace.” Either way, everyone comes up a winner.

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