A Hawk and a Hacksaw - Darkness at Noon (2005)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 00:46:25 | 302 MB
Genre: Klezmer, Gypsy, Folk Rock, Balkan | Label: Leaf | Catalog: BAY 43CD
On his second release as A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeremy Barnes continues to play the antique card, now focusing on the "ompah" accordion sound of an 18th century European village, as opposed to the Reconstruction-era American village of his previous effort. Of course, just because Barnes evokes a certain time and place doesn't mean his hectic musical ear stays in that one place, hence the squeezebox that morphs into a battery of bagpipes on the highly cinematic opener, "Laughter in the Dark." There's also room for a prideful horn that echoes the work of Ennio Morricone and the constant pitter-patter of castanets and marching snares that ensure that the solemn moments like "For Slavoj" and "Europa" don't stay that way for too long.