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Childhood’s End

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August 23, 2012

This is more than hip-covers fun. Ulver, a Norwegian black-metal band, darken the apocalypse in acid-Sixties relics by bands such as the Byrds, the Pretty Things, Bonniwell's Music Machine and electronic-rock pioneers the United States of America. Jefferson Airplane's love song "Today" and the Beau Brummels' trippy-country carol "Magic Hollow" are recast as pagan-folk spells: light on fuzz, heavy with the sorcerer's incantation of singer Kristo er Rygg. Ulver also locate the dark arts in unlikely places like the Troggs' hotline to lust, "66- 5-4-3-2-1." It now sounds like there's real trouble on the other end.

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