Dirty Three


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This four-song recording was released as a limited-edition CD on the band's tour in support of their 1998 Touch and Go release, Ocean Songs. It continues in the threesome's tradition of beautiful, melancholic violin passages that manage to tell stories of lost souls and create violent visuals. This is exemplified well on "Two A.M.," where Mick Turner's distorted guitar and Warren Ellis' plucked violin start a slow dance, while drummer Jim White adds abrupt tambourine. Together, the band sounds like a shackled pirate making his way to the gangplank of a swaying ship. The music builds during a voiceless chorus and creates the sound of a fierce storm with gale winds. The violin finally breaks free with a short repeated violin solo as to signify a parting of the storm clouds. Other numbers feature march-like tempos ("Rope") and a special guest appearance by the band's good friend Nick Cave. The trio, along with Cave, reinvent the Roy Orbison classic "Running Scared," recorded live at Brisbane, Australia's the Zoo. It acts as a foretelling of Ellis' future with Cave's Bad Seeds three years later on the album No More Shall We Part. This EP is a lost treasure that should be dug up if found.

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