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Curious Mystery

Rotting Slowly

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A junkyard band with a heart of dirt, smoke, and wires. This Seattle group blends 60s-style psychedelia with American country-blues and garage experimentalism. Their debut places an emphasis on dense sonic texture and unorthodox song structures. It has a vast implied distance and textural tension, canvassing canyons and turning tight corners.


Autoharps and banjos have never sounded so utterly sad. On their 2009 K Records debut, Rotting Slowly, the gals and guys in the Curious Mystery manage to capture a sparse sort of melancholy -- not too far off from the reverberated sounds created by '90s snore-core bands Mazzy Star and the Cowboy Junkies. Recorded and produced by Calvin Johnson at Dub Narcotic Studios, the elastic, push-and-pull tempos of drummer Faustine Hudson and bassist Bradford Button stretch songs from achingly slow to messy, tense, midtempo numbers and back again. The Northwestern four-piece thrives in the slower, molasses-churning pace, which better favors the velvet voice of Shana Cleveland. Yearning with a sultry Chan Marshall-esque moan on the gentler songs "Preparation" and "Nicaragua," she shares the microphone with guitarist Nicolas Gonzalez for more demanding numbers like the Eastern-flavored "Outta California" and "The Community Bed." Sometimes difficult, other times meditative, the songwriting on Rotting Slowly is consistently honest and rewarding.

Additional Information

Artist Curious Mystery
Track Listing 1 The Preparations - 5:40 2 Black Sand - 4:26 3 Dragon's Crotch - 5:14 4 Teeth of All Types - 4:15 5 Go Forth and Gather - 4:11 6 Gone in Time - 5:12 7 Nicaragua - 5:17 8 Strong Swimmers - 3:13 9 Outta California - 4:22 10 It's Tough - 7:00 11 Wrong Way - 5:03 12 The Community Bed - 6:42

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