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Dub Refuge
LP $1.50

11/04/2008 656605604213 

AKR 42 


***Dub Refuge turns a minimalist folk record (CASTANETS' City of Refuge) into a ghostly dub, subverting dub tradition while still nodding in the direction of King Tubby, Scientist, Burning Spear, and Sly and Robbie. Dub Refuge works because Castanets and ERO GRAY (aka PAPA ALABASTER, sometimes bass player for Castanets, and member of Brooklyn-based RAD UNICORN) are both preoccupied with ghostly, ephemeral and messy sounds. Ero and the Castanets share a haunted quality in their music, a unique dedication to risk, and a reverence for accident in folk music. At it's best, Castanets music accomplishes an eerie and very difficult balancing act between the disaster-surfing of experimental and noise music, and the sort of calm competence shown by classic country singers. The City of Refuge sessions exemplified this balance, and here on Dub Refuge, Ero has emphasized both aspects without destroying either.

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