Dog Pookah

Village of Her and Dark Blossom

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The unusually named Dog Pookah creates an equally unusual sound on a pair of EPs released together on CD for the Wire Heart label. The first set, entitled Village of Her, is a murky series of half-whispered Americana experiments reminiscent of the anguished yelps of 16 Horsepower and Andrew Bird. The second half, entitled Dark Blossom, drifts into a more lo-fi breeze through songs halfway between the Cowboy Junkies and Lou Reed's more cohesive Velvet Underground material. The band is strongest in its more subdued mode, with songs like "Carol Decided" and "Fine Forever," which lands the group somewhere between Luna and Low, but with a decidedly aggressive undercurrent. A handful of the songs sound a little loose and unfinished, but that may just be the entire point of Dog Pookah's unique musical vision.

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