Clairvoyants Your New Boundaries

The sound of being stranded on the side of the road for days in the hot California desert is not the ideal setting for most, but for this band from Cambridge, MA, it sounds like heaven. The Clairvoyants are as sad as it gets and Your New Boundaries, their debut album, crawls at a snail's pace across a gloomy backdrop. Part Ry Cooder's Paris, Texas, part Cocteau Twins and Red House Painters, the mood is not very animated but the music sways back and forth like a chime in the wind, softly and sweetly. The songs cater to a certain sadness, like "For Granted," a love song soaked in tragedy, designed for the aftermath of a relationship gone wrong. Brian Dunn's voice is fragile and haunting and his tone is very personal and lonely, as if he speaks to himself. There are some nice surprises to this record, including the near jazz of "The Hungry Ghosts" and the short instrumentals swooping in and out of the recording. Altogether it's a nice package of songs that tells intimate tales of sadness. (Badman)