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Brooklyn duo Christy and Emily (a/k/a Christy Edwards and Emily Manzo) create a viscous, slow-moving dreamgaze that’s not as dry as Codeine nor as gooey as Grouper–just a chiming, folkie blur with pitch-perfect harmonies. Their second album, Superstition (due November 17), has been fleshed out with vibes, strings, and Oneida drummer Kid Millions. But the record gets most of its gleaming charm from the way Christy and Emily’s voices have somehow grown even more tight and harmonious since 2007’s Social Registry debut Gueen’s Head. With bleary but never oppressive guitars, C&E are only “psychedelic” if your acid-trip color palette is limited to pastels. First taste “Lover’s Talk” floats down a Nick Drake river into something close to a Dolly Parton ballad, with its rueful but stern warnings about deceiving paramours.
What is “Lover’s Talk” about?
When we play it live, we introduce “Lover’s Talk” as our “sister song,” dedicating it to the women in the room. I usually picture my own sister in the crowd as I’m singing it, which sometimes makes me cry, and sometimes doesn’t. I wrote it a little about her and a little about myself. The right hand Wurlitzer part in the intro is meant to sound like a phone ring. It has a country thing going on in the verses, don’t you think? And Christy wrote those wonderful girl-group backups.
Tell me about the little bear on the cover of the album.
Bears are great. Christy created that image with her little paintbrush, as well as the “Superstition Bear and Bird” comic that comes with the record.
When did you first fall in love with the sound of soupy, swirly guitars?
My father’s a guitarist, and I’m sure he played many a song to my mother’s swollen belly while I was in there, just as I’m sure I loved every soupy and swirly minute of it.
Do you make dreamy music as a reaction to living in a bustling city?
For the past year and a half we’ve been going to a tiny village in Germany where we’ve been recording our next record with the producer Hans Joachim Irmler, the keyboard player of Faust. He’s a very relaxed guy and has big ears, a big heart and a big appetite. I think he makes music that has the proportions of his ears, his heart, and his appetite. I thought we might make a very different record with him in his giant studio that sits along the Danube and looks out at the rolling German countryside. Superstition was mostly recorded in my basement apartment on Greenpoint Ave., with the mixing board on my bed and views of nothing more than bits of trash and hipsters’ feet. But now that we’re done with both records I think we sound like us wherever we are; whatever’s in our ears and our hearts, whatever we’re hungry for.
What’s your favorite place to eat in Brooklyn?
M Shanghai is up there, but there’s also a new place called Vertuccio’s right on McCarren Park that has the Italian Graham Ave vibe. We love it.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 20, 2009