Album: Jolie Holland & the Grand Chandeliers, Pint of Blood (Anti-)

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The Independent Culture

The Chandeliers are a duo of multi-instrumentalists augmented by guitarist Marc Ribot; Jolie Holland is a singer who obviously went to the same school of swallowed vocal contortion as Lucinda Williams.

The musicianly ground they share is artfully, twangily minimalist and dissonant in that small measure which the indie aesthetic requires. They are suited. Holland sings songs of discombobulation and wonder, and all is mannered but also naturalistic.