Christy & Emily

Gueen's Head

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Brooklyn label the Social Registry deliver the goods yet again with this fantastic and startlingly fully formed debut by Brooklyn duo Christy & Emily. GUEEN'S HEAD finds the high harmonies of '80s stalwarts the Cocteau Twins and Throwing Muses, and the twee primitivism of the Raincoats, mingling with a folk sensibility and a touch of the compositional avant-garde. While the album is experimental in spirit, every sonic choice effortlessly fits into the melodic thrust of each track, from the descending arpeggios and inverted train rhythms of "Birds" to the call-and-response guitar and Wurlitzer tremolo interplay of "Signs." Every track on GUEEN'S HEAD unostentatiously draws the listener into heretofore undiscovered sonic expanses. Guitarist Christy Edwards and classically trained pianist Emily Manzo follow their far-flung muses and harmonize with voices that feel comfortable in their own skin. GUEEN'S HEAD recalls the glory days of adventurous women in the rock underground and makes the listener eager for more halcyon days just around the corner.

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