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Desertion Trio: Twilight Time (Long Song)

A review of the trio's all covers album inspired by New Jersey-beach town

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Desertion Trio, Twilight Time
The cover of Twilight Time by the Desertion Trio.

Nick Millevoi is a guitarist of many masks. Since 2012, he has defied conventional norms on the six-string in his relentless deconstruction of genre. Twilight Time, his third album with Desertion Trio—the group he shares with bassist Johnny DeBlase and drummer Kevin Shea—signals yet another dramatic shift in sound for Millevoi, a direction he gave a taste of on “Numbers Maker,” a groovy cut from last year’s Midtown Tilt that sparkled with its blend of 1960s-pop and spaghetti-western guitar licks.

Inspired by Millevoi’s trips to the beach town of Wildwood, N.J., Twilight Time is an all-covers set, with blissed-out takes on tunes by the likes of exotica pioneer Les Baxter, the Platters, and space-age producer/songwriter Joe Meek. The album, featuring Sun Ra Arkestra singer Tara Middleton and Ron Stabinsky on piano, organ, and Mellotron, is a neon-lit, shapeshifting adventure that gives an avant-garde edge to timeless classics.

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