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Mike & Cara Gangloff: Poplar Hollow

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Mike & Cara Gangloff: Poplar Hollow

We’ve waited 20 years since Pelt began for one of their most valuable members, Mike Gangloff, to make a solo album. But no one could’ve expected a better one from this fiddle and banjo master. Poplar Hollow (out on CD now on Klang, with an LP edition to come from Blackest Rainbow) draws on all his varied efforts with Pelt and his trad-leaning outfit Black Twig Pickers, while adding an individuality that his collectivist work sometimes subsumes. Despite all the evocative string work on Poplar Hollow, its best moment comes when Gangloff sings, crafting a Eugene Chadbourne-style croon for the swinging "Waiting On My Ride Back From Town".

-- Marc Masters, Pitchfork