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The Politics of Disappearance

Various Artists

Radio Khartoum

Sometimes good things seem too short. Other times, they’re brief but complete. The latter is the case in this six-track collection of gentle continental pop from Radio Khartoum. Not quite acoustic, never afraid to toss in a string arrangement, and featuring a paucity of percussion, the tracks on here have a lilting musical quality that recalls the more esoteric melodicism of Serge Gainsbourg or The High Llamas. Not that they sound like the French master or the banjo-toting popsters, but that it’s easy to imagine these acts as a central touchpoint for everyone involved here. It’s less than twenty minutes long, but not a single note is out of place; an amazing accomplishment, especially considering that this is not the product of a single band, but of multiple artists (The Pierres,Cavil,Dakota Suite,Julien Ribot,Christine, and Spring).

Radio Khartoum: http://www.radiokhartoum.com/


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