Crawling like a sunrise across a parched desert landscape, Califone's rootsy folk-blues has all the spacious grace of an Ennio Morricone spaghetti Western soundtrack, ushered into the 21st century by the background clatter and thrum of electronics. Forged from the ashes of Red Red Meat, the Chicago quartet continues to broaden its approach, which crashes the wide-open, rustic lope of Leadbelly's country-blues into the burbling ambient tones of Brian Eno. Far from the expected wreckage, the resulting sound tastefully conjures a new urban blues, synthesizing a steady, low-key electro beat, washes of humming textures, and traditional American music. The... More >>>
Rhapsody in blues: Califone's Tim Rutilli pushes traditional American music into the future.