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Arc Iris is Jocie Adams from The Low Anthem, a multi-instrumentalist with a sweet and high pitched voice who here guides us through a selection of smooth and relaxing folky chamber pop cuts full of delicate but catchy melodies carved tenderly from fingerpicked guitar, piano and tasteful woodwind and strings. All the songs are gently paced and tastefully arranged, mixing a late night countryish loneliness with the lush and evocative richness of loungey piano and sweeping strings and sighing vocal harmonies.
The understated soulfulness of the production and the round, warm basslines keeps reminding me of the whispery greatness of Matthew E. White, but Adams's impish croon has a playful Joanna Newsom-ish edge but more sultry. 'Singing So Sweetly' veers impressively between New Orleans jazz, clattering chaos and gentle, understated prettiness, then 'Ditch' has countryish slide guitar and Hammond organ and full-on doo-wop backing vocals.
I'm really warming to this album, it's cheeky and full of personality and even though there are all sorts of genres mixed up in there the songs feel really intuitive, like you've already known them for years. It's been a rough day's reviewing but this is a heartwarming and faith-restoring disc of simple and likeable pop music.
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