2007 sees the return of blonde redhead with a spellbinding alan moulder and rich costey produced album. the clanging guitars have been replaced by warm synthesizers and soft strings, while japanese singer kazu makino’s thin voice has become a ghostly moan on the grandiose opener and title track of the new york trio’s seventh full-length release, ’23’. the overall mood is one of mystical wonder and renewed energy. it’s art music and heart music, with equal appeal to a serge gainsbourg fan as to a sonic youth fan, without ever sounding like either act. this is another beautiful record and you can’t say that about many bands seven albums into their career.