Despite Tom and Christina Carter’s prolific solo careers and numerous other projects, Charalambides has existed in an unbroken trajectory for over two-and-a-half decades, outlasting the genres that critics and other yardstick-makers have tried to cram them into. Their recent performances and recordings retain the directness and delicate menace that mark their early releases, even as they explore an interlocking musical telepathy honed by years of artistic collaboration. Aptly tilted Charalambides: Tom and Christina Carter, the newest album from Charalambides furthers the duo’s deep psychic understanding of music. Laid down in two sessions with no overdubs, the album entwines their best known approaches into a raw, fragile, wordless and hypnotic whole. It’s definitely the duo at their most exquisite.
For release number thirty-two, Drawing Room brings Charalambides: Tom and Christina Carter to the universe. Recorded in Houston in 2017 in two sessions with no overdubs, the album showcases the duo at the height of everything. It’s a stunning beauty indeed. Mastered by Josh Bonati and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, the deluxe 2xLP comes in a full-colored sleeve accompanied with a full-colored insert.