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Although Houston has a reputation as a cowboy town, it's always had an active freak population; remember those early Red Crayola records on International Artists? Kable, the one-woman-band project by Houston-based singer/songwriter Kay Bonya, is the Crayolas' spiritual heir. Her 1995 debut, Chlorophyll, mixes rustic folkiness (she plays a lot of banjo and mandolin) with more assaultive sounds like over-driven guitar feedback, lo-tech tape manipulations, and plenty of unidentifiable noises. With almost all of her vocals buried incredibly deep in the mix, sped up, slowed down, or otherwise obscured, Bonya relies entirely on atmosphere on this album. Usually, that's enough, but on the few occasions where she doesn't keep things moving (almost all of the tracks are well under three minutes), the proceedings get a little bogged down. Chlorophyll is an album for noise-rockers and wild-eyed psychedelicists only, but either of those groups will find it plenty fascinating.

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