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Two duos cherishing the beauty of blended voices

The word “immediate” crops up often when Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan reflect on their short evolution as the Milk Carton Kids. They use it to explain the intense chemistry they share as singers and guitarists whose close harmonies belie the fact that they started the folk duo just two years ago.

On “The Ash & Clay,” their unvarnished new album on Anti- Records, they come across as Dust Bowl troubadours armed with acoustic guitars and voices that mesh beautifully, like those of siblings. For shorthand, you can think of the Milk Carton Kids, who come to Brighton Music Hall on Thursday, as an all-male version of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.

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