13 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Roots & Crowns is the sound of a pawn shop coming to life after dark, an avant-folk symphony of creaky floorboards and short-circuiting gadgetry. But drowsy-voiced frontman Tim Rutili keeps his cool as everything around him goes bump in the night: On “Pink & Sour,” he unleashes a cavalcade of buzzing guitars and swirling synths over a rumbling West African groove, all while cooing smooth harmonies. And on “The Orchids,” he delivers a hymnlike reading of a Psychic TV song amid a surreal psychedelic soundscape.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Roots & Crowns is the sound of a pawn shop coming to life after dark, an avant-folk symphony of creaky floorboards and short-circuiting gadgetry. But drowsy-voiced frontman Tim Rutili keeps his cool as everything around him goes bump in the night: On “Pink & Sour,” he unleashes a cavalcade of buzzing guitars and swirling synths over a rumbling West African groove, all while cooing smooth harmonies. And on “The Orchids,” he delivers a hymnlike reading of a Psychic TV song amid a surreal psychedelic soundscape.

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