Snakefarm - Songs From My Funeral

LTM
(LTM2539: 5024545606522)
Release date: 1999
Genre: Electronic, Folk



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LTM presents a new edition of the 1999 debut album by Snakefarm, the acclaimed downtempo/folktronica duo comprising Anna Domino and Michel Delory.

After a decade in Europe recording as Anna Domino for chic indie labels including Les Disques du Crépuscule and Factory Records, the cosmopolitan Domino/Delory partnership relocated to New York in the mid 1990s, and decided to cut an album of traditional American songs, reworked in radical retrofit style.

‘I was waiting for the light,’ says Domino. ‘I thought, we should take a bunch of those great old songs about murder and such, and start doing them with modern arrangements, just to see what would happen. As the breadth of the canon revealed itself, it became apparent that countless versions of every song existed, with no two versions the same. So taking liberties with Snakefarm was really just an extension of that tradition.’

The sombrely slinky results defy easy categorisation. Acid blues? Trip-hop? Troubadour? NickCave meets Sneaker Pimps? None – or all – of the above? Defying genre diktat, haunting Songs From My Funeral sold 30,000 copies on its original release, with St James and Banks of the Ohio becoming airplay hits in America.

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