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The Abyss by Esther Maria
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6/10 Clinton 21 December 2012

Starting with a slow, swoonsome melodica-led instrumental, this second album from the British born, Denmark based singer songwriter kicks into life with a descending acoustic guitar figure and her impressive voice, an octave-defying thing that swoops in all the right places. It’s hard these days to differentiate one singer songwriter from the next but what I like about this album is its toughness. It has a teak exterior, no winsome folk croaking here.

The production by Kramer (Low, Galaxie 500...er...Seinfeld?) is spot on, giving the record a natural sound, there appears to be no drums just bright acoustics,  the odd cello, and the merest hint of percussion. Do not over-egg the pudding is the mantra for music like this and Kramer’s vast experience of recording ‘quiet’ music is vital to how the record sounds.  The songs sometimes hit paydirt ‘Arms Above’ strikes the perfect balance between Galaxie 500 and Gillian Welch, elsewhere the ghost of PJ Harvey haunts the songs, the almost shrill vocal stylings and jagged electric guitar are in evidence in later tracks. The record is at its best though when the sound is stripped down to acoustic guitar and a sense of space pervades.



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