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Sunday, July 27, 2008

See Me River

posted by on July 27 at 12:45 PM

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Not officially part of the Block Party, but the Cha Cha had a solid line-up of its own all weekend. I missed the final performance of Das Llamas on Friday, but I did manage to catch Kerry Zettel’s other project See Me River. Once a solo endeavor, last night it was a full band with piano, acoustic guitar, drums, and either xylophone or glockenspiel. I have to say, the band’s dark, folky songs are a much better fit for Zettel’s low, droning voice than were Das Llamas’ equally low, droning post-punk. Here, the more conventionally pretty arrangements act as a counterpoint to Zettel’s haunted baritone rather than as reinforcement, and the effect is perfect. See Me River belongs to a long, long line of mopey motherfucking ensembles to come out from behind the bar of the Cha Cha—apparently, it’s a hard, dark life down there—and they do quite well by that tradition.

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