The Dirty Three
Australian instrumental trio comprised of guitar, drums, and fiddle. Over the course of the last few albums, they have ranged from wildly spinning dervish-like tunes ("Horse Stories") to broad expanses of songs which are desolate, quiet, and at times heartbreakingly sad ("Ocean Songs") - all without lyrics. I find their latest offering "Whatever you Love, You Are" to incorporate elements of both ends of the spectrum, running from pure, simple melodies to long-drawn-out free form movements. It is often difficult to tell what bits are improvised and what bits are intentional - their songs kind of meander about in ways that are sort of unpredictable in a jazzlike fashion. What is more, fiddler Warren Ellis's stories are well worth the price of admission. That, and his strutting around stage as he saws away. Highly recommended.
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