Small black ribbon cover only

Mike & Cara Gangloff: Black Ribbon of Death, Silver Thread of Life

Small black ribbon cover only

Mike & Cara Gangloff: Black Ribbon of Death, Silver Thread of Life CD

Splitting the difference between their acoustic drone outfit Pelt and the more traditional Appalachian string music of their combo The Black Twig Pickers, Mike and Cara Gangloff’s Black Ribbon of Death, Silver Thread of Life does the hard work of redemption in the darkest of modes. Traditional hymns and old shape-note songs are performed a capella, while a wandering banjo line teams up with the loose knot of the Gangloffs’ vocals and tugs against a five-minute hurdy-gurdy drone in “Cherry River Line.” This is gospel music in the theological sense, an attempt to not only pluck bodies from the soil but harmony from dissonance, familiar melody from random noise.
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