At times on their debut, Riposte, Brooklyn duo Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez duel like early bluesmen. At others, they strip down their folk to downstrokes that blister and neck-snapping tempo changes. Such are the experimental results of this instrumental hybrid: Dyer plays the buke, a six-string baritone ukulele, and Sanchez the gass, a guitar/bass, both incorporating ankle bells, bass drums, and a "toe-bourine." This innovation gives opener "Medulla Oblongata" a slightly haunted feel, Dyer's vocals keening sweet and high, narrating backwoods spirituals with fervor. Despite a dark facade, Riposte has a soft pop center, even if the two instruments often get lost in culs-de-sac and Dyer's voice becomes overwhelming as its own instrument over 14 songs. Cut four or five tracks, and you've got something singular. (Buke & Gass opens for Bowerbirds and Efterklang at Mohawk, Friday, Sept. 24.)
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