Various Artists, Sacred Bones Records 2012
For the last five years, Sacred Bones Records has stuck doggedly to the shady side of the street. Whether it’s the rowdy rock ‘n’ roll of The Men or the doomy pagan folk of Cult of Youth, all of their albums are undercut by a distinct, tangible current of darkness. It’s what makes them so alluring – their ability to be as bracing as a blast of icy air and as chilling as a childhood nightmare. The 16 songs on this sampler are the perfect entry into the label’s ominous world of sound.