Balf Quarry - Magik Markers
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  • Summary: The latest album for the band from Connecticut was produced by Scott Colburn.
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  1. It hits just as furiously and sloppily as all the old Markers standards, no matter its label, run time, or production quality.
  2. 80
    This follow-up finds them flitting dynamically from royal Trux-ish fuzz blues to incantatory pieces like 'Shells,' that cross "Experimental Jet Set"-era Youth with Nico. [Jun 2009, p.92]
  3. 80
    Balf Quarry sees the duo swaggering through louche wah-wahed blues, no-wave barn burners and salty pop ditties, culminating in an eerily beautiful, piano-haunted fever dream. [May 2009, p.109]
  4. 'Jerks' is a scathing freakout that made me want to hear Sonic Youth's cover of the Untouchables' 'Nic Fit' all of a sudden; '7/23' is a clopping, slightly flat, strangely iridescent love note; and the focus that disperses over the course of six hazy minutes of 'State Numbers' takes the opportunity of "The Ricercar of Dr. Clara Haber" to slap itself in the face a few times and the shimmering outburst of 'The Lighter Side of... Hippies' to remind you why you made it so deep into this oddly arresting album in the first place.
  5. Balf Quarry, however, sees Elisa Ambrogio and Pete Nolan emerging blinking into the sunlight as they continue to excavate the more focussed sounds of last album "Boss."
  6. Balf Quarry feels both intensely structured, and delightfully free-form in its metaphorical confines.
  7. The follow-up to 2007's "Boss" is an uneven album that is full of good ideas but often misses the mark. [Spring 2009, p.76]

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