Originally released on one cassette by the band in 1992 and later reissued as a limited edition compact disc on their Wholly Other label, Our Bed Is Green was the first release by Charalambides. ákranky is proud to add this album to our Charalambides reissue series, placing all of the original cassette (with the exception of two cover songs) on a double CD set. áTime Lag reissued the album on vinyl in Fall 2004. áThis is more than a historical document, the continuing relevance of the music is self-explanatory.
Our Bed Is Green was the debut release from Charalambides. Formed in 1991 by Tom Carter (who was playing in the heavy psych combo The Mike Gunn at the time) and Christina Carter to take part in improvisational sessions at a local Houston club, the band was asked to play live on KTRU. Instead, they recorded Our Bed is Green. Although no band is totally sui generis, anyone who heard the debut recordings by Charalambides in 1992 could have been forgiven for thinking that of the duo. Our Bed Is Green was a recording that roped in folk, improvisation, psychedelia, blues and gospel into a crackling sound world utterly unlike anything else. Ranging across a 90 minute cassette and produced at home on four track, the music had only the means of production in common with the so-called │lo fi▓ scene of the time. On their debut Charalambides achieved the distinct otherness they retain to this day.
á Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader, May 10, 2002
-áJon Dale, Signal to Noise, áSpring 2004