• caribbean Moon Sickness (CD, £11.75)

    label: Hometapes

    Part of the Hometapes family since 2003, The Caribbean has built an invisible neighbourhood of words, images, and pop-dismantling sounds: William of Orange, Plastic Explosives, Populations and Discontinued Perfume soundtrack an entire decade for the Washington, DC-based trio. Enter new album Moon Sickness: a set of songs with many of the recognizable characteristics of previous Caribbean albums — Kentoff’s literary and darkly dreamlike lyrics, the band’s advanced and eccentric compositional sensibility, and the curious, electronically treated surreal found-sounds draped around the songs. There's a new-found and bright light shining on Moon Sickness, but as biographer Chad Clark writes, "The Caribbean are still arcane, introspective weirdo geniuses with a taste for the surreal and a basically melancholic disposition. I mean, come on, they titled it ‘Moon Sickness.’ It’s not a party record. You’d be wise not to expect straightforward, jubilant sing-along choruses or ordinary chord progressions. But within the band’s canon — a body of work I love profoundly — this is certainly the most congenial entry yet." Tracklist: 1. The Chemistry Sisters (3:41) 2. Imitation Air (4:03) 3. I Haven't Given Up Hoping (3:09) 4. Jobsworth (3:32) 5. We're Both Villains (3:08) 6. Moon Sickness (6:30) 7. Electric Bass (3:56) 8. Echopraxia (3:16) 9. Sixteen Kingdoms (3:29)

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