The Cairo Gang


"While there's nothing new about the Cairo Gang's debut full-length, none of it sounds canned or dated either. How do they make oft-cited influences sound fresh? Long answer: The Cairo Gang take the instrumentation of gentle British 70's folk with the free-form composition and detached, beard-stroking vibe of post-rock, all executed with the fidelity and humility of homespun indie rock. Short answer: The Cairo Gang cuts across musical movements of several years' span to create music sounding distinctly out of time.
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Guitarist Emmett Kelly has accompanied several other artists such as Beth Orton and Edith Frost as a supposed wunderkind, but the record is free of show-offy virtuosity or flash. Kelly's talents lie in his intuition, and that's a big part of why the jarring shifts between songs don't sound forced, just restless. Some of it was drawn from material Kelly worked on by himself, explaining the often home-recorded feel, though he drafted more musicians and completed recording in at least three other cities before finishing this diverse whole."
pitchfork

(2006) The Cairo Gang / V2
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