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Since proclaiming David Wax Museum the Best of What’s Next in 2011, Paste has been following this self-proclaimed Mexo-Americana duo passionately. Comprising core members David Wax and Suz Slezak, the band combines elements of folklore, ethnomusicology and nontraditional instrumentation to craft a funky folk sound.
Over the past nine years and five albums, the band has collected a number of tracks that have remained unreleased. That is, until Electric Artifacts comes out on Sept. 8. To mark their 10th anniversary as a band and their 1,000th show performing together, David Wax Museum has collected 10 B-sides and rarities for this new LP.
One of those songs, “Your Mother, the Ghost” begins as a sparsely accented ballad of narrative verses. The nearly seven-minute track opens with quiet piano chords, but as it progresses, crashing drums fill the space along with muted horns, Slezak’s fiddle creaking like floorboards and a squiggling guitar solo. At once brash and pensive, “Your Mother, the Ghost” feels like the sonic equivalent of supernatural spirits revealing themselves in an old home.
Listen to “Your Mother, the Ghost” below and check out David Wax Museum’s upcoming tour dates. Stay tuned for Electric Artifacts, out on Sept. 8 via Mark of the Leopard.
6 – Washington, D.C. @ House Concert ^
7 – Washington, D.C. @ House Concert ^
8 – Washington, D.C. @ House Concert ^
9 – Washington, D.C. @ House Concert ^
9 – Alexandra, Va. @ House Concert ^
11 – Washington, D.C. @ House Concert ^
10 – Baltimore, Md. @ Creative Alliance %
14 – Charlottesville, Va. @ The Southern %
15 – Thomas, W.V. @ The Purple Fiddle %
16 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Johnny Brenda’s %
17 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. @ Caffe Lena %
20 – New York, N.Y. @ Mercury Lounge %
21 – Boston, Mass. @ Lizard Lounge (moved from City Winery) %
22 – Mystery Location! @ TBA (1000th Show) %
23 – Northampton, Mass. @ The Parlor Room %
^ – Acoustic Duo Shows
% – Full Band With Horns