Vermont's best-known indie rocker, the self-identified socialist Bernie Sanders, recently won a U.S. senate seat on a platform not unlike one championed by Red Heart the Ticker, a.k.a. the Marlboro, Vermont, duo of Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons. The pair wring all the virtues from bookish sincerity and less-is-more means (they record on a laptop in a cabin in the woods), and they utter soft-spoken declarations of mercy and forgiveness rather than revenge and fear. But RHtT also delights in its vices: drugs, drink, leather boots and kinky sex under the moonlight. The band's sole album, 2005's For the Wicked, starts with sturdy, country-folk foundations and ends in Lanois-esque soul-scapes. In between, the duo reverses some tape loops, drops some disco-drum hooks, sharpens some knifing guitars and leaves lots of space for MacArthur's dryly sexy voice to draw you into an imperfectly daydreamy utopia.
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