In August, I admitted budgetary defeat and greatly limited my purchasing. So there are only four vinyl finds this month. A roadtrip south to Mississippi Records this month and a special column coming soon, I hope, make up for that.
1. Le Sang Song – s /t Where: Sonic Boom (Capitol Hill) How Much: $7.99 (and 25% off)
Since being introduced to Le Sang Song almost exactly a year ago, I’ve looked diligently for this vinyl only release every time I’ve combed the used bins or hit up a new local record store. Every record store clerk I’ve come into contact with over the last year has been asked about this record and all of them always told me they’d sold out of their copies and there was no plan on getting more in. So imagine my glee when a used copy in wonderful condition was staring back at me in the “New Used Arrivals” during my last visit to Sonic Boom’s Capitol Hill location.
A solo project of Craig Chambers formerly of The Lights, this self-titled release was recorded in 2007 but only released in 2010, it’s a record that’s hard to pinpoint with words. Finest Kiss describes the album well by saying it is “sparse and claustrophobic at the same time.” It does feel a bit like climbing the walls of an empty room, the same chord maddeningly struck on repeat in your brain — both hypnotically soothing and crazy tic-inducing. Folksy at times, sometimes soulfully sparse, it is always fucked up and more often than not, in a very good way. The record is worth buying for stand out track “War” alone, which sounds like some long lost classic … astounding in its perfection, but the rest of the record is no slouch either. If you ever see it in a used bin or if you see Le Sang Song on a bill, pony up the cash and check them out.
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