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Don Cavalli Cryland

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It's hard enough to learn another language, so give France's Don Cavalli bonus points for nailing Americana roots and blues with a hammer. His stripped-down hybrid-Cajun swing owes as much to his laptop as it does to his soulful pipes, which recall everyone from Jimmy Cliff to Leadbelly. Cryland is full of upbeat exercises in this cross-pollination, from the harmonica bounce of "Vengeance" to the gospel thump of "I'm Going to River." The lo-fi beat poetry of "New Hollywood Babylon" highlights, like the similarly energetic "Gloom Uprising" and most of this effort's other excellent tracks, Cavalli's sickly awesome wah-pedal soundtracking. From front to back, his postmodern folk music is a blast from our mutually repurposed past.