Kath Bloom


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Let's be clear about this: it's not the kind of record that will appeal to most folk listeners, who will find Bloom's warbling, oft-off-key vocals and Mazzacane's free-style, oft-atonal slide guitar hard to put up with or even grating. (Robert Crotty adds some more conventional acoustic guitar strumming.) It's actually the kind of release that will find more favor with lo-fi indie rock hounds, the kind who subscribe to the K label's newsletter. If you have a taste for the unconventional, it has a fragile beauty and homey charm, provoking comparisons (in the few reviews the duo garnered) to an off-kilter variation of the early Joni Mitchell records. It's one of the few records that successfully combines the pleasures of acoustic music and personal, romantic songs with avant-garde sensibilities, and for that alone it's worth a lot.