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Miss Lorraine, shimmering tones and delicate mandolin melodies play against the darkly cinematic mood of the lyrics (Sliding into the sea/With cynicism and rum/Watching Miss Lorraine/Smoking alone with the moon). The most brutal track on The Thread That Keeps Us, Dead in the Water builds a thrilling menace from its snarling guitar riffs, frantic piano rhythms, and piercing lyrics penned for what Burns describes as the antagonist to the story of the albuma kind of monster (Dont try to look away or stop me in my path/I make the law and I decree a new kind of wrath). And woven throughout The Thread That Keeps Us are a series of instrumental interludes, including the lilting folk of Unconditional Waltz and the dreamy psychedelia of Spinball. Going into making the album, the only thing I really knew for sure was that I wanted there to be moments that felt free and spontaneousjust these moments of no time, no lyrics, no agenda, says Burns.One of the most stirring tracks on The Thread That Keeps Us, Girl in the Forest spins a gentle fable from its near despair over the state of the planet (Well the world was spinning so fast, nobody took the time). That song wouldnt have been written unless I was sitting next to my daughter Twyla, who was humming along as I was making up this melody, says Burns. For months we tried finishing the lyrics together; I was leading with this idea about environmentalism and protesters in the forest, and I thought there could be some sort of spirit who appears. And then my daughter told me, Yeah, thats coolbut maybe its just a girl whos friends with all the animals.With Girl in the Forest, The Thread That Keeps Us displays a sensibility thats long informed Calexicos songwriting: a transcendentalist infatuation with the wild beauty of nature, a fascination deepened during their time at Panoramic House. Being up there on the mountain and taking walks on the shore, and even swimming in the cold water, we couldnt help but be inspired by nature, says C
April 27, 2018
April 27, 2018
Lincoln Theatre 1215 U St NW Washington, District of Columbia 20009 United States
Arts & Theater
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