Best of 2008: Maus Haus on Andy Tisdall’s Cotton Cannibals

Andy Tisdall is a member of Little Teeth, a band that put out a great year-end list record with Child-Bearing Man. But Andy's solo album, Cotton Cannibals, quietly self-released and under most radars, also blew us away. This is an album of ghosts, literal and metaphorical. Dusty and creaky pianos, banjos, and cellos congregate around simple folky vocal melodies that twist themselves into howling exorcisms. "Oh my ghost / it will howl / it will scream / when it leaves what I thought was a dream", Andy intones on "War", and it may as well be the album's mantra. Cannibals [...]

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