Charalambides, Unknown Spin
Unafraid to explore their inner landscape, however scary it might be
Whether you call it "free folk," "music of the new weird America" or just some good old-fashioned freakouts, there's no doubt that the music of Tom and Christina Carter comes from a very psychedelic place. Allied to the loose movement that includes Sunburned Hand of the Man, MV&EE, No-Neck Blues Band and others, the noise Charilambides make is more strung-out than most of their contemporaries; it's the sound of people unafraid to explore their inner landscape, however scary it might be. Sometimes loose and discordant to the point of complete meltdown, sometimes coagulating around recognisable guitar solos that sound like they've escaped from a Jefferson Airplane jam, these four tracks — especially the half-hour title number — are spacey, spooky and very, very weird indeed.