03 Sep, 2013

Califone – “Stitches”

There are few artists with a discography as consistently brilliant as Califone. Since the dissolve of the Chicago roots-garage group Red Red Meat in the late 90’s, Tim Rutili and company have been producing folk music as Califone, blending electronic soundscaping, tape manipulations, and open-tuned guitars into profound and undeniably American music.


Their newest release, “Stitches”, sees Rutili stepping outside of his comfort zone in Chicago to record in a variety of studios across the country. The results are some of the most upbeat songs Califone has ever released. Rutili’s love of discovering sounds is ever-present on songs like “A Thin Skin of Bullfight Dust,” where drum machines bounce alongside pensive zithers and create a mood that’s equally gorgeous and gloomy. Of course, this juxtaposition between beauty and darkness is what Califone has built their career on, and on “Stitches”, Rutili has proven that they aren’t about to run out of ideas any time soon.


Out on Dead Oceans Records, Califone’s “Stitches” is Radio 1190’s CDOTM for September. Radio 1190 would like to thank Twist and Shout for their continued support of the CD of the Month Club. If you would like to join Radio 1190′s CD of the Month Club, visit radio1190.org for all the details.

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