Herd of Mers

Aurora Caught Napping

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Here's a new tentacle of Providence, RI artist/music collective, It's Twilight Time, whose principals delve into off-the-beaten-path music. Here mainstay John Orsi is in a supporting role, rattling drums in percussive mode more than keeping beats behind his missus Karen Orsi, who croons and plays clipped dirty guitar and bass. Originally known as Midge in 1995, the duo play more minimalist pop than either ITT or the pair's past work together with more atmospheric dreampoppers Overflower (or John's instrumental Incandescent Sky). There are no gothic touches, just Karen scraping at her guitar forming little pattern chords and singing a bit like a more tuneful Kim Gordon doing Karen Carpenter. Everything seems cold and softly lit, slightly nerve-wracking in its quietude -- it's a steadily pernicious quiet that can get under your skin over eight cuts. It's highly organic, artistic, unusual, and strangely beckoning.

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