Oh Look. An Update. Christina Carter and Pocahaunted!

 

Why can’t I meet women like Christina Carter and the lovely duo that comprises Pocahaunted? All three of these women are extremely talented and think outside the conventions of “normal” music. Carter is obviously most well-known for her work in Charalambides, the experimental act that melds folk and blues influences into a shifting haze of psychedelia. Pocahaunted, despite their unfortunate name, is an extremely engaging act known for spiritual journeys conjured up through drone and psyche folk.

Well, they released a split album last November that I’ve finally gotten a chance to hear! Both Carter and Pocahaunted turn in outstanding efforts here, with an album that manages to have a cohesive feel despite having two disparate styles at work. The first four tracks on the split belong to Carter, and she uses these four to paint a captivating and sobering picture awash with human emotion–  wonder, fear, anxiety, and isolation.  These feelings are reflected in the song titles too– “Aging,” “Death,” “Solitude,” “Dreams.” In a ghostly, echoing howl, Carter confides “I will not lie, I am afraid sometimes” on the track “Death.” This is barren, vulnerable folk creeping from the soil during the blackest of cemetery nights. It’s a bit unsettling, but also undeniably beautiful.

Pocahaunted’s two offerings perpetuate the melancholy feel established during Carter’s portion of the album.  Regardless of this, Pocahaunted’s two pieces are quite complementary to each other.  “Sweat Lodge” sounds like the prelude to a Native American war… except this war isn’t fought with bows and arrows– it’s fought with electric guitars and effects pedals.  And it’s fan-fucking-tastic.  Portentous guitar drones rumble while glacial percussion leads the march to conflict.  In contrast to this song is the album closer “Silk Fog Traveler.”  Its clean guitar work brings the album to a bittersweet, yet hopeful conclusion.

This effort from Christian Carter and Pocahaunted is undoubtedly one of the hidden gems from 2007.  Unfortunately, it has only been available in limited quantities on vinyl, but it would be well worth your while to track this one down.  You will not regret it.

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~ by theoberlander on January 15, 2008.

3 Responses to “Oh Look. An Update. Christina Carter and Pocahaunted!”

  1. I did manage to track this album down and liked it a lot.
    I would also Like to meet Christina Carter!
    BTW your blog style & subject matter are uncannily like mine.
    Soul mates in Cyberspace! The world can be a lonely place!

  2. What’s your blog address? I want to check it out.

  3. Here be I: http://mraybould.wordpress.com

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