Like the swimmers floating peacefully on CALAMITY's cover, The
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Curtains' music hangs suspended, buoyed-up by a strange spring of
optimism and curiosity. Ideas surface unexpectedly and blossom for
just long enough to be grasped, but no longer -
"What would you think if we tried this?" the Curtains politely ask,
each idea like a thought-bubble in a cartoon.
To truly take it all in, you can't ask yourself what's just happened
or what is about to happen, you can't hold on to old ideas of what a
song should be - The Curtains music has a mind of its own and like a
stubborn weed, it grows where it wants to. To allow their songs to
develop each in its own way, The Curtains have left lots and lots of
space on CALAMITY. There are never more words or sounds than are
absolutely necessary, and this kind of economy is the album's
deliberate aesthetic acheivement.
Self-taught and self-invented like The Shaggs, like Jandek, like Sun
Ra, The Curtains have found their own distinctive voice, but have
never stuck to a formula. With each album, they begin again from the
ground up - and as strange as the songs on CALAMITY (their fourth
album) are, there is an irresistible charm which has intrigued the
many who have heard their records or seen them play live on tour with
such groups as Beirut, Final Fantasy, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, The Red
Krayola, The Dead C. and Liars.
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