I remember reviewing an Annelies Monsere 7" a while back and thinking it was really very good so it's nice to see that Phil's placed Marit, her new CD, into the chute down in the foyer for delivery into Norman Towers office #7765 for me to review. I'd send him a 'thank you' note but Brian shat in his tube last week after a particularly nasty exchange over the ownership of some week-old Walkers Sensations. Annelies deals in breathy vocalising and folky songwriting over minimal, delicate instrumentation which kind of makes me think of PJ Harvey's White Chalk, stripped right down to the barest possible elements, but Phil reckons Empress are a good comparison too. She's backed predominantly by piano and despite the vastly different sounds and techniques on show, I think there's something of the atmospheric quality of Grouper here, except it makes me think more of mournful ghosts singing lamentations to lost loved ones around still, misty lakes. Pretty wonderful, I'd say.
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