FROM THE STACKS: Dale Cooper Quartet and The Dictaphones

A candid shot from Dale Cooper Quartet's fall tour

While it’s nearly impossible to make sense of all the music that floods our mailbox, inbox, and various Web browsers every day–not to mention the shelves at self-titled‘s favorite record stores–we’re constantly looking for artists who make us stop what we’re doing and actually listen. Here’s one of them:

The Artist/Album: Dale Cooper Quartet and the Dictaphones, Metamanoir (Denovali, 2011)

The Vibe: With a name that’s a blatant Twin Peaks nod, you won’t be surprised to hear that the Dale Cooper Quartet cater to cabaret types and delve in the darker side of jazz music. So if the phrase “there’s a fish…in the percolator!” makes you smile or you wish the death of Laura Palmer was still on America’s mind like the last episode of Lost, this one’s worth a listen, melodramatic parts–sudden gun shots, gnarly noise effects, bouts of heavy breathing–and all.

RIYL: Sweet, sweet cherry pie, washed down with free refills of black coffee; smoke-cured sax parts; French people who have their own special definition of what a David Lynch score should sound like

Available At: Amazon · iTunes · Spotify

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