Decade-spanning compilation of Chris Eckman and Carla Torgerson's alt.country trailblazers

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The Walkabouts – Watermarks: Selected Songs 1991-2001

From the same Sub Pop stable as fellow Seattlites Nirvana, Mudhoney and Soundgarden, The Walkabouts’ black strain of elegiac country roots and avant folk immediately branded them sore thumbs among grunge contemporaries.

With string-laden moodscapes more akin to noir cinema, they found European ears more receptive, releasing often superb albums through Glitterhouse and others. The breadth of their appeal is highlighted by the guests here?R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Mary (Madder Rose) Lorson, Brian Eno, the Warsaw Philharmonic?while the music, despite underselling classics Satisfied Mind (1993) and Setting The Woods On Fire (1994), captures perfectly their haunted experimentalism.