Washington trio Quix*o*tic (vocalist and guitarist Christina Billotte, who was
in Slant 6 and Autoclave, vocalist and drummer Mira Billotte, bassist Mick Barr)
Night For Day (Ixor Stix, 2000) and
Mortal Mirror (Kill Rock Stars, 2002), achieving on the latter
an odd hybrid of Nico's ghostly singing and
Sleater-Kinney's rabid roots-rock
(To This World I Must Give In).
Barr, who had already been half of
Crom-Tech with drummer Malcolm McDuffie, a project that released the album Crom-Tech (Gravity, 1997), followed by the EPs Crom-Tech (Ixor Stix, 1997) and Crom-Tech (Slowdime, 1999),
went on to become the guitarist of Orthrelm.
Christina Billotte formed the Casual Dots, a trio that basically continued
Quix*o*tic's mission on The Casual Dots (Kill Rock Stars, 2004).
Quix*o*tic's stately vocalist
Mira Billotte went on to play in White Magic (piano, bass, drums, vocals),
that released the ethereal EP Through the Sun Door (Drag City, 2004),
a split album with
American Analog Set, Songs Of Hurt And Healing (2005) that included three of their lengthy free-form ruminations (Day, Twilight and Night),
and the full-length
Dat Rosa Mel Apibus (Drag City, 2006), with the moniker now applied to
a duo of Billotte and Doug Shoaw surrounded by a plethora of friends
(sitar, violin, accordion, etc).
The ethnic folk-jazz-rock fusion and slo-core of
Song Of Solomon, Hear My Call, Katie Cruel and
Hold Your Hand In The Dark
relies heavily on Billotte's haunting voice
and her simple piano patterns.
The album was followed by the four-song EP Dark Stars (Drag City, 2007).
White Magic's New Egypt (Latitudes 0:13) (Latitudes, 2008) offered a more
lively version of their folk-rock.
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