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This Canadian/Somali singer, I recall now, made an impression on me with her début single. But after her three years away, I thought this C Dwas by one of those generic modern indie bands with the interchangeable generic name. My memory is so bad.
Cold specks of what? Rain? Snow? An introspective and aloof moniker indeed. I never caught the first album but this one is full of a smooth take on Southern Gothic soul and windswept cinematic rock tropes. Very clean and polished, proper moody 3pm-at-a-festival stuff, not a speck of anything out-of-place anywhere. She has a great voice indeed but I don't think I could listen to 'Neuroplasticity' more than once. Somewhere she falls and elegantly crumples, between Lana Del Rey and Nina Nastasia, but neither as corporately vacuous as the former or soul-crushingly intense as the latter. Bit of Florence and the Machine in there maybe but this girl truly has the grace, lung-power and range. It's the middle ground music. Impassioned and wonderfully played with some dramatic passages but ultimately too studious and bland. Absolutely no edge whatsoever and what I need this morning is an edge. The coffee, he no working mister. Can I have an a capella version of this please Mr. Mute? Music is boring, her voice is, however, quite rousing.
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