Half Cousin: Country Cassette

Half Cousin's 'Country Cassette' is a kitchen sink marching band leading the world's first robotic elephant -- quite a feat when you realize it's a duo from Scotland's Orkney Islands (the home of my grandfather). The contradictions in the song are as vivid as the contrasts between men and women -- the at times pounding fuzz of the music against the smoother than single malt whiskey vocal. The American band Califone also clamber about in the same ramshackle percussive carnival -- using unique sounds to evoke a sense of place as Half Cousin also do.

Arousing disparate places and passionate feelings... it's what good music does.

Alan Williamson

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Half Cousin
song:Country Cassette
album:The Function Room (Gronland Re…
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