Various Artists

One Bright Sunny Morning

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The 19 artists on this semi-political compilation--its title is Woody Guthrie-inspired and the songs are loosely motivated by the 2004 election--are more notable for their other projects (Nation Of Ulysses and Shellac are among them), but their pedigrees serve them well here. The record starts off on an ambient note with Lichens’ “Crowley Framework” and continues with moments of avant experimentation--the noisy techno of Bernkurn Nekovak’s “Orange Pen,” Grey Ghost’s abstractly jazzy “Folpulpast.” But those excursions are balanced with carefully placed surges in energy, whether it’s Pinecone’s Minutemen-inspired punk-funk workout “TX” or Mandarin Movie’s industrial thrash on “The Green Giraffe.”

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