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Music: Destroyer of the Void by Blitzen Trapper ****

(Sub Pop)

Published 04/06/2010 | 05:00

They may be likened to such nu-American folkies as Fleet Foxes and Midlake, but Blitzen Trapper make music that defies categorisation.

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This, their third album, is packed to the hilt with ambitious and stylistically diverse fare that flits from prog-rock to the ethereal folk-pop of David Bowie circa Hunky Dory.

An evocative storyteller, Eric Earley can both sing sentimentally of lost love and craft grim tales of death and remorse. Although the genre-hopping material takes away from the cohesiveness of the record, individual songs stand out. Heaven and Earth is a striking ballad while Earley's duet with Alela Diane on The Tree recalls Gram Parsons' work with Emmylou Harris.

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