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The Scottish songwriter King Creosote, née Kenny Anderson, sings in a stirring, penetrative brogue, but for some reason he’s most at home when other voices crowd the sonic landscape. His most beautiful song, “So Forlorn,” from the 2003 album Kenny and Beth’s Musakal Boat Rides, has a prominent sample of a yodel-like moan, a disorienting embellishment in a hard-journeyed song about isolation. Diamond Mine, his latest album and a collaboration with London electronica producer Jon Hopkins, is a brittle symphony of voices. Anderson provided the song skeletons, Hopkins the found sounds, and they patched it together musique concréte style. The songs, mostly simple folk tunes about living and aging in Anderson’s region of Fife, grow elegantly out of field-recorded slices of village life—and the effect is never gimmicky. You might even get away with talking at this show.
King Creosote and Jon Hopkins perform at 7:30 p.m. at Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $12 advance, $15 day of.