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Agent Ribbons

Chateau Crone

12" LP

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Quick Overview

Agent Ribbons is a Sacramento trio whose music has
been described as Victorian punk or The White Stripes
lost in Alice s Wonderland. With an old-timey aesthetic
that is nonetheless thoroughly modern, they miraculously
reconcile seemingly unrelated genres, sounding something
like Girls in the Garage doing the Three Penny Opera.
And with almost constant touring since 2007, the band
has cemented a deeply devoted fan base across the US
and Europe. Agent Ribbons forthcoming album, Chateau
Crone, is a tremendous step forward. With delicate violin
arrangements, noisy dissonant tangents, Spector-esque
vocal harmonies, and clever melodic phrasing, the
album cannot commit to a genre but always manages to
sound like the same brand of baroque pop. Each copy of
Chateau Crone comes with a 24-page full color booklet as
well as a temporay tattoo for aspiring Chateau Cronies.


Agent Ribbons' second album, Chateau Crone, is a haunting, timeless effort that takes the influence of ‘60s pop and psychedelia and channels it through a modern-day D.I.Y. indie rock sensibility. Singer/multi-instrumentalist Natalie Ribbons (Gordon) is the focal point for the band, which began as a duo with drummer Lauren Hess but has grown into a trio with the addition of violinist Naomi Cherie. Ribbons's spooky-but-sweet ballads bring to mind the softer side of ‘60s psych outfits like the Jefferson Airplane and United States of America: fragrant, intoxicating flora with elegantly arranged leaves hiding a spiky armory of thorns. The dirty guitar lines and trash-can drums driving the opening track "I'm Alright" give off a garage rock vibe that evokes contemporaries like Frankie Rose & the Outs, but ultimately prove to be a bit misleading, as the majority of Chateau Crone is more about carefully crafted tunes that take deliciously twisted turns than rock & roll rave-ups. The work of White Magic would probably make for a more apt post-psych comparison. On the likes of "I Was Born to Sing Sad Songs," Ribbons' compositional know-how seems to reach even further back for inspiration, to the more harmonically sophisticated era of mid-century standards, much in the way the Velvet Underground did for "After Hours" or the Mamas and the Papas did on "Got a Feelin'." But the other two members of Agent Ribbons aren't exactly standing idly by on Chateau Crone, either; Hess adds an appropriately homespun, thrift-store ambience to the tunes with her blend of tribal thumping and percussive clatter, while Cherie lends more exotic tones, bringing a touch of Eastern European gypsy-folk flavor to tracks like "I'll Let You Be My Baby." It all adds up to the kind of sound that can catch you by surprise and send you into a sudden reverie, so avoid operating heavy machinery while under the influence of this album.

Additional Information

Artist Agent Ribbons
Track Listing 1 I'm Alright 2 Grey Gardens 3 Dada Girlfriend 4 I'll Let You Be My Baby 5 I Was Born To Sing Sad Songs 6 Wallpaper of Skin 7 Your Hands My Hands 8 Oh La La! 9 Rubik's Cube 10 Wood Lead Rubber

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