Release Date: May 30, 2006
Record label: Kranky
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Anybody looking for the physically visceral side of Charalambides -- as was displayed at Terrastock 6 -- should listen elsewhere. Vintage Burden is a collection of quietly psychedelic minimal guitar and vocal songs. It is among the most tender, fragile, and spiritually savvy records out there, and coming as it does from the undisputed parents of the acid folk subculture (can't call it "underground" anymore; it's too popular), that's saying something.
Tom and Christina Carter are the king and queen of wide lens psych-folk. As the minds behind Charalambides, they’ve been responsible for more than a decade’s worth of goose-bump inducing music. As recently as 2004, the band included steel guitarist Heather Leigh Murray, who helped to flesh out that year’s synapse scrambler, Joy Shapes. Their latest Kranky release, A Vintage Burden, finds the group in its original twosome formation.