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Magik Markers

Balf Quarry, the 2009 record from Brooklyn-via-Connecticut band Magik Markers, stands as one of the messiest, dreamiest noise-rock records in recent memory. Pairing dark, damaged guitars to singer Elisa Ambrogio’s wild-eyed blues swagger, it was at turns ominous and beautiful, heavy but then suddenly fragile. They’ve given fans of pure experimental noise plenty of fearsome CD-Rs to digest over the years but that record and 2007′s BOSS, reigned in just a shade, lend their din a powerful focus. Live–with unkempt drones squeezing into, then bursting out of pop forms–you get them at their unpredictable best.