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- We Resonate by Rachael Dadd
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 10 October 2014
If I was Rachael Dadd’s manager/dad(d) I’d tell her to either change her surname or adopt a band name. There’s something about the word Dadd that just puts you off isn’t there? I heard Lauren Laverne struggling over it on t’wireless the other day and you can’t imagine she’s going to ever be able to head up her own musical form of Dadd-folk can you?
Aaaanyway this Dadd-folk is a lovely whimsical style of light pop-folk that starts out in absolutely spectacular style with ‘Make A Sentence’. She’s quirky, she’s kooky she channels the spirit of Kate Bush but this track is great. It wanders hither, thither, snaking around itself all mini-electronics, harmoniums and light percussion. Her style is reminiscent of two ‘folktronica’ acts, Tunng and Psapp in its attention to micro detail to beats and organic craft-pop. On ‘Strike Our Scythes’ she makes a chorus out of a series of whoops and hollers. This is Etsy pop, hand crafted, cute and Cath Kidston clothed.
The album can’t quite keep up the quality of these two tracks and turns more to acoustic strum pop as it goes on as the ideas calm down. This isn’t to say there aren’t impressive moments, ‘Our Arms’ is particularly lovely - a lightly strummed acoustic guitar and voice leading the way reminding me of the wonderful Diane Cluck, another artist who should possibly consider a new name. She carries on the lineage from Joni Mitchell to Joanna Newsom for octave leaping and sometimes you wish to strangle her but when ‘Wake It’ bursts into a lovely chorus I’m prepared to forgive her for the tweeness.
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