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Australia’s Dirty Three execute sinuous, instrumental drone-rock with an unusual violin/electric guitar/drum lineup. The trio’s self-titled second album is characterized by exotic blues (“Indian Love Song” is reminiscent of early Spacemen 3), quixotic melodies (“Better Go Home Now” recalls Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), and dissolute lullabies (“Kim’s Dirt”). Inspired improvisation on Dirty Three’s minimalistic themes gives the disc its loose, dreamy textures and anomic beauty. On “Everything’s Fucked,” swaying, country balladry gives way to a mournfully elegiac solo by violinist Warren Ellis. Such surprises pervade the album: The multifaceted “The Last Night” opens as a ballad, adopts an uptempo time signature, then ends in righteous cacophony. Dirty Three perform Sept. 7 at the Black Cat.