New Karl Blau – “Dark Sedan”

No matter how sunny he gets, Karl Blau’s always sounded autumnal to me. Maybe its because he lives in Anacortes, Washington, a place you can’t help but associate with his cohort/collaborator Phil Elverum, whose sort of the king of falling leaves and crisp breezes (aka the wind’s dark poem). Whatever the case, “Dark Sedan,” from Zebra, Blau’s followup to last year’s Nature Got Away, is a perfect example of what I mean: A horn-lined strut, disco drum snap, and brightly tinny keyboards can’t hide the fact that he’s hitchhiking in the face of oncoming night, apples and old crow bones littering the side of the road.

Karl Blau – “Dark Sedan” (MP3)

Zebra is out 10/6 via K.

[Photo by Sarah Cass]

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