The Ascetic Junkies - This Cage Has No Bottom

The Ascetic Junkies - This Cage Has No Bottom
Album: This Cage Has No Bottom
Duration: 39:05
Release Date: November 16, 2010
Artist: The Ascetic Junkies
Genre: Folk

Among all the great music coming from there, Portland, Oregon has become the go-to place for folk-pop. Alongside two of America's finest proponents, the incredible multi-instrumentalist Decemberists and hugely underrated Timber Carnival labelmates the Dimes, here's a third band that the useful tastemakers at NPR should be all over. It's a good recipe: start with a pristine, fragrant recording of punchy acoustic guitars, light bass, busy background drums, lighteners like bells, and quiet trombone, clever percussion, and lush shadings; add tunes that stand up to the form's demands (can't hide behind a wall of noise) and take unpredicted twists and turns; add sharp boy-girl harmonic and lead singing from Matt Harmon and Kali Giaritta, that gives Colin Meloy's duets with his bevy of cameo beauties a run for money (Giaritta even sounds a little like My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden); sprinkle lots of alt country bits 'n' pieces (banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and the like); and then have a whole mess of a good time -- and you have this Rose City five's sophomore LP (following 2008's One Shoe Over the Cuckoo's Nest), recorded all around their home and feeling homey, indeed. These 'Junkies are hooked on pretty joys, and it's a healthy habit.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Why Do Crows? / Kali Giaritta / Matt HarmonThe Ascetic Junkies2:49
The Eyeball / Kali Giaritta / Matt HarmonThe Ascetic Junkies4:51
God/Devil/Gov't / Kali Giaritta / Matt HarmonThe Ascetic Junkies4:25
(Don't) Panic / Kali Giaritta / Matt HarmonThe Ascetic Junkies3:52
Get What You Want, Get What You Need / Kali Giaritta / Matt HarmonThe Ascetic Junkies1:47
Water from Wine / Kali Giaritta / Matt HarmonThe Ascetic Junkies3:55
Crybaby / Kali Giaritta / Matt HarmonThe Ascetic Junkies2:40
I Will Sing Along / Kali Giaritta / Matt HarmonThe Ascetic Junkies0:39
Box Full of Lions / Kali Giaritta / Matt HarmonThe Ascetic Junkies4:05
Jackson / Kali Giaritta / Matt HarmonThe Ascetic Junkies3:20
DC / Kali Giaritta / Matt HarmonThe Ascetic Junkies3:45
Renegade Salesman / Kali Giaritta / Matt HarmonThe Ascetic Junkies2:57

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