City Of Refuge (Asthmatic Kitty)
Raymond Raposa has spent the last six years making folksy Americana that’s as creepy as hell. City Of Refuge’s 15 tracks are uneven in both length and musical depth – one track, High Plain 3, is just a minute and 31 seconds of quiet, droning ambient static – yet the record plays out like the cohesive score to a postmodern, post-apocalyptic western.
The influence of traditional American standards is most evident on I’ll Fly Away, which adds a creative (and ironic) twist to the tune of the Battle Hymn Of The Republic. If you’re looking for a record with clear standout singles, this isn’t it. City’s strength lies in its ability to orient and disorient the listener – to paint rich, spooky images and then strike the set for the next scene.