It almost makes too much sense that Savannah, Ga., synth pop group The Casket Girls are playing the 10:30PM late show at Club Cafe this weekend, one of the city's latest standing show times.
As a project overseen by Black Moth Super Rainbow guitarist and Graveface Records founder Ryan Graveface and fueled by the ethereal voices of sisters Phaedra & Elsa Greene, the music of The Casket Girls immediately conjurs images of foggy cemeteries that seemingly stretch into nothingness; I can't imagine them playing a 2PM set at a big summer fesitval no matter how hard I try.
Their 2012 debut album Sleepwalking
pulled equally from the shoegazing haze of My Bloody Valentine and the ghostly art pop of Kate Bush's chilliest work, while maintaining an underlining palpable mood of unseen menace and desolation. Sleepwalking
was pretty in the way a moonscape is alluring, even while being a little tattered at the edges and possessing more than a few songs that could be ignored.
And just to reiterate the otherwordly nature of the project, let's take a minute to explore the group's songwriting process. When the Greene girls began writing material for their sophomore album True Love Kills The Fairy Tale
back in 2013, collaborator Graveface supposedly dropped off a few instrumentals for them to work on, but didn't hear back from them for hours. When Graveface finally stopped by to check on the sistersthat night, Elisa was in the corner, sobbing while reciting poetry, and Phaedra, in a quasi-catatonic state, was writing everything down.
When they dropped off the demos to Graveface the next day, they supposedly didn't remember the music they wrote and had to re-learn every single piece of music when they began recording the album in a proper studio. True Love Kills The Fairy Tale
is a supposedly accurate representation of the night the Greene sisters had what can only be described as an out of body experience, and it totally sounds that way.
From the opening moments of lead track "Same Side," with its Peter Gabriel-drum machine, and the Greene sisters cooing "I swatted at a moth / and a chill came over me," to the scatterbrained euphoria of "Hold You Back," which has a synth part that sounds like a hard drive atrophying, True Love
is a strangely affecting listen.
Whatever Graveface and the Greene sisters did to make this music worked almost too well. (Aug. 2, 10:30PM at 56-58 S.12th Street, South Side, Club Cafe