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Wednesday, Aug 11 2010

In 1992, classically trained cellist Melora Creager realized a vision of an all-female string ensemble that functioned as a rock band — thus was born Rasputina. In retrospect, the group's mélange of gothic and Victorian imagery (and dress), folkloric themes, vaguely Cocteau Twins–like textures, and her distinctive vibrato-laden warble can be seen as presaging the prog-trad-folk of Espers and Joanna Newsom. Members have come and gone, but singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Creager carries on. The group's latest disc, Sister Kinderhook, finds Rasputina with two new members, cellist and singer Daniel De Jesus and percussionist Catie D'Amica. Kinderhook is a kind of song cycle about early America, detailing the growth of the strange, brave New World from the seeds and ashes of the old. Rasputina sounds curiously ultramodern and ancient simultaneously, its songs belonging both to its own time and to no time at all.

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