Roma di Luna

The third album from Roma di Luna, Casting the Bones, is still anchored by the husband-and-wife duo of Alexei and Channy Moon Casselle. But it's more of a full-band effort, with co-producer Ben Durrant chipping in twangily atmospheric electric guitar, plus bassist James Everest, drummer Ryan Lovan, banjoist Michael Rossetto and singer Jessi Prusha. The resulting sound cagily fleshes out the Casselles' fractured, brooding take on Appalachiana, sometimes flirting with old-timey country, sometimes chamber folk, enriching the vibe while maintaining a sparseness dripping in gothic melodrama. Channy's plaintive but resilient vocals remain a wonder, while she and Alexei generally sing with understatement nevertheless drenched in emotion. Opening will be Rossetto's Spaghetti Western String Co., with its cinematic acoustic stuff, and Tiriti Mundi Flamenco. All Ages.
Sat., June 14, 8 p.m., 2008
 
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