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by Florence Wetzel
The angelic white goat on the cover of Charles gives no hint as to what might lie inside. Neither does the photo of the band--five men and two women wearing orange jumpsuits and standing in a somber line. Yet Charles is a musical treat: it contains eight songs recorded live by Barnacled, a band from Providence, Rhode Island, that blends electronic and acoustic music into a bold, one-of-a-kind tapestry.The band's unique sound derives in part from its unusual ...read more
by Raul d'Gama Rose
The best part of the event that is Charles--the rather full-length record from Barnacled--is that it simply cannot be categorized. It therefore appears a mistake to label the group prog" throughout the otherwise insanely fine liners that accompany the package. Thus it's an infinitely rewarding experience to approach the music first and then go to the notes that accompany the record. Clearly Barnacled is inspired. This is no ordinary 2008 avant-garde ensemble, but a band that knows ...read more