Damon & Naomi, With Ghost (SubPop): For lovers of the weepiest reaches of musical melancholia, Damon & Naomi are like prized penmen, true troubadours expressing timeless (and timely) thoughts. Their musical vehicle embraces the concept of "beautiful" sound, nestling sweet sounds close to a collective artistic bosom. On their fourth longplaying outing, Krukowski & Yang up the ante on acoustic opulence by collaborating with the core trio from Japanese acid-folk hippies Ghost: guitarist Michio Kurihara, keyboardist Kazuo Ogino and iconoclastic icon Masaki Batoh. Literally titled, With Ghost is a shimmering set of utterly gorgeous songs, nine numbers shining with warmth like newly blown glass. — Anthony Carew

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