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Devastates by Elfin Saddle
Released: Mar 2012
Label: Constellation
Though their deep pagan drone hints at metal and their Anglo-maritime strum at country, this coed Quebec four-piece might be less misleadingly filed as "psychedelic folk." Whatever: The mantras and repetition could be traced back through Fairport Convention, The Velvet Underground and Donovan (whose "Peregrine" is redone as "Boats") to antecedents from the medieval moor and Middle East, but the instrumentation (augmented by cello, tuba, half-accordion, saw, pipes, turntables and tapes, for starters) adds up to something new: art-rock whose gorgeous gloom never cuts into its rhythmic energy.
CHUCK EDDY

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