Stitches

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The first long-player from bluesy, experimental Chicago-based roots rockers Califone to be recorded entirely outside of the confines of the Windy City, Stitches' ten quietly lustrous tracks dutifully reflect the arid Southwest vistas from which they were sprung. Recorded in Southern California, Arizona, and Texas, there's definitely an impressionistic, unhurried temperament behind songs like "Movie Music Kills a Kiss," "moonbath.brainsalt.a.holy.fool," and "We Are a Payphone" that suggests that miles upon miles of diners, rest stops, strip malls, and buckshot-riddled exit signs were consumed between studio sessions. Tim Rutili's laconic yet expressive voice ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The first long-player from bluesy, experimental Chicago-based roots rockers Califone to be recorded entirely outside of the confines of the Windy City, Stitches' ten quietly lustrous tracks dutifully reflect the arid Southwest vistas from which they were sprung. Recorded in Southern California, Arizona, and Texas, there's definitely an impressionistic, unhurried temperament behind songs like "Movie Music Kills a Kiss," "moonbath.brainsalt.a.holy.fool," and "We Are a Payphone" that suggests that miles upon miles of diners, rest stops, strip malls, and buckshot-riddled exit signs were consumed between studio sessions. Tim Rutili's laconic yet expressive voice serves as the perfect filter with which to digest enigmatic lyrics like "Guardian angel/belly full of twins/churning in the long con" from the driving, hurdy-gurdy and horn-fueled "Frosted Tips," which, like the similarly propulsive of "A Thin Skin of Bullfight Dust," finds the band abandoning some of the more ambient flourishes that have colored prior outings in favor of a more traditional pop
ock approach that should appeal to fans of boundary-pushing, yet reasonably accessible acts like Calexico, Giant Sand, and the Court & Spark. Stitches is at its best when it aims for somewhere in between the cacophonous and the weightless, offering up a pair of gems in the affecting, Beatles-esque waltz "Magdalene" and the fractured, quietly desperate title track, the latter of which, like much of the album, is built on a foundation of nervous violence ("The blood left my hands sucking the whiskey out of your hair") that diminishes with each warm, comforting stroke of melody.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2013
  • Label: Dead Oceans
  • UPC: 656605138022
  • Catalog Number: 51380
  • Sales rank: 51,081

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Califone Primary Artist
Tim Hurley Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Hurdy-Gurdy, Fuzz Bass
Craig Ross Bass, Guitar, Tabla, Vocals, electronics
Tim Rutili Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Melodica, electronics, Wurlitzer, Guitar (Tenor)
Ben Massarella Percussion, Drums
Eric Heywood Pedal Steel Guitar
Michael Krassner Guitar, Electric Guitar
Wil Hendricks Bass, Piano
Adam Busch Horn
Griffin Rodriguez Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Bowed Bass, electronics
Jessie Stein Piano, Vocals, electronics
Stella Mozgawa Drums
Joe Westerlund Percussion, Drums
Robin Vining Harmonium, Marimbas
Tim Young Guitar
Laraine Kaizer-Viazovtsev Violin
Robert Doren Guitar
Keith B. Kelly Horn
Christian Keifer Vocals
Technical Credits
Craig Ross Composer, Engineer
Tim Rutili Composer, Engineer
Nick Luca Engineer
Michael Krassner Engineer
Jim Becker Composer
Griffin Rodriguez Composer, Engineer
Daniel Murphy Artwork
Laraine Kaizer-Viazovtsev String Arrangements
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