This year marked the 50th anniversary since the release of Pearls Before Swine‘s genre defining psychedelic folk masterpiece, Balaklava. Tom Rapp, the man behind the music, passed away in February, so this is a bittersweet anniversary. Rapp’s music was dark and mysterious, often rooted in traditional music and ancient philosophy and a nod to religion and spirituality as well. “Translucent Carriages” is one of the album highlights, a beautiful yet disturbing walk through the valley of the shadow of death. An anniversary edition is forthcoming from Drag City.