JACKIE O MOTHERFUCKER — ” Flags of the Sacred Harp “

Posted: November 10, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Flags Of The Sacred Harp

This record inhabits a curious zone somewhere between acoustic alt-country and feedback-driven drone — some tracks (like the marvelous “Hey! Mr. Sky,” above) are largely acoustic, whereas others (like the 16-minute epic “Spirits”) drift off into free form explorations of atmospheric sound. As a whole, the record is a study in how effective it can be to combine two disparate sounds, and the contrast creates an atmosphere both distinctive and beautiful. Some three years after their last album, the boys and girls from Oregon are back with another set of long, stoned trawls through the backwaters of American folk, psychedelia and the avant garde.

For their fifth album Flags of the Sacred Harp, the Portland-based collective Jackie-O Motherfucker use the lessons of The Sacred Harp and other traditional blues and gospel sources as a point of disembarkation. On these seven tracks, the group patiently unravel their source material’s tangled threads.

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