steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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Brigid Power Ryce

"You Are Here" 3" CDR

Rusted Rail

Genre: haunted melodies

Galway, Ireland

April 2010

Brigid Power Ryce's voice wistfully swoops through this eerie folk tidbit, accompanied only by minimal, bluesy guitar strokes. Her approach is something of an acquired taste, and one might easily turned off by her haunting, distinctive timbre -- on the more passionate moments of "I Love/Lost My Home" and "Like a Sun," I dare say Ryce's vocals verge on grating, despite (or perhaps, partly, due to) her technically impressive register. This is something of a shame, as these songs otherwise bear an appealing, sepulchral campfire sound. Resigned dirge "Wild Grin" and lachrymose "Lost Night Girls" both exhibit this poignantly mysterious charm, revealing a talent for dimly-lit folk wondrousness. Clearly, the atmosphere and feeling are there, but I'm having trouble with the more piercing moments.

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Michael Tau

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2009]