"What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Exotic" C34
(Meliphonic Records)

Sheep Bella Tine are an instrumental duet that sound like a jammier Torche crossed with a less explorative Sun City Girls. A slew of percussive accents get explored while the guitar player focuses on flat-picking out a simple, slightly Persian-themed riff or two that get played into the ground. All in all, there’s good energy and chemistry here, and I’m betting the right singer/bass player could make this truly great, but…easier said than done, right?

-- Jacob An Kittenplan