Jail Weddings’ new album, Wilted Eden, is an ambitious work that expands the Southern California collective’s sound and emotional range further than their past releases. Infused with High Desert bandleader-novelist Gabriel Hart’s haunted worldview, the record invokes eternal themes of love and death and salvation against a backdrop of foreboding strains of punk, folk and alt-rock. Julie Carpenter’s weaving strings bind together Hart’s urgent pleas and spiraling saxophone on “Skin Invocation,” a feverish duet with vocalist Mary Animaux. Oliver Hart sets his guitar to boil on “Face of Kindness,” a stately ballad that splits the difference between The Saints’ midperiod jangle and murderous Nick Cave balladry, whereas “Quality of Mercy” is a more reflective rumination. Hart and company trip out further amid the dreamlike but anguished passages of the blue-hour epic “Love Me Like I’m Dead.” With Oozelles and Honey Child.
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