Veteran instrumental trio the Dirty Three adds vocals to the mix for the first time in its career on "Cinder," its seventh studio album.

Veteran instrumental trio the Dirty Three adds vocals to the mix for the first time in its career on "Cinder," its seventh studio album. Due in October via Touch & Go, the 19-track set was recorded earlier this year with Casey Rice (Tortoise, Liz Phair) in Melbourne.

Cat Power's Chan Marshall lends vocals to "Great Waves," returning the favor of contributions Dirty Three principals Mick Turner, Jim White and Warren Ellis have individually made to her own recordings over the years. The Mekons' Sally Timms sings on "Feral."

"Our approach this time was to load the car up with as many instruments as possible and then give each song what it needed," Ellis says. "In the past, we have tried to capture the band's live potential and this time we figured to think about how we might perform the songs later."

The material on "Cinder" is more concise than Dirty Three's often-epic compositions, incorporating everything from mandolin and organ to bagpipes and bouzouki. The group is planning to hit major North American markets for a brief fall tour, and may return for additional shows in the spring.

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