Arbouretum / Pontiak


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This LP and MP3-only split release from two of Thrill Jockey’s newer bands combines new music with a smattering of John Cale covers, which accounts for the album’s name. KALE features both Pontiak’s meditative grooves and Arbouretum’s folky psychedelic rock. Arbouretum’s faithful version of Cale’s “Buffalo Ballet” and Pontiak’s takes on “The Endless Plain of Fortune” and “Mr. Wilson” blend nicely with both groups’ originals, making what could be a schizophrenic collection sound fairly seamless. The whole split album's ambience is generally a slow boil, but Pontiak’s “Dome Under the Sky” finds a place to stomp majestically.

Track Listing - Disc 1

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