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Boomkat Product Review:
A new Christina Carter solo album is always a rare pleasure, often serving as a refuge for the Charalambides singer's more accessible and conventional songwriting. Previously, her solo work has resulted in albums as diverse and beautiful as Electrice and last year's haunting The Light Is Out CD-r. Now comes Original Darkness, comprising ten new songs, each finding a new way of framing Carter's peerlessly mournful voice. Beginning with a title track that combines eerie xylophone with lightly discordant electric guitars, there's a haunted feel to this album, perhaps most in line with the more melodic end of Charalambides' material, as marked out by A Vintage Burden. Sounding like an alternate soundtrack for Herk Harvey's Carnival Of Souls, 'Hidden Man' combines angular acoustic guitar with spiralling end-of-the-pier organ sounds in the distance. Similarly potent, Carter's multi-tracked, in-the-round vocal on 'Capable Of Murder' is raw and stark, set against a backdrop of neon-bright synth strings and spluttering guitars. Each composition, however sparse its arrangement might be always seems to be at the service of that unearthly vocal, and whatever else is happening there's a real siren-like quality to her intonation that's near impossible not to be taken in by.