Emily Jane White has been one of the darlings of the neofolk scene, with her sad yet poppy songs roaming our heads for days. For her new album, Emily’s worked with producer John Vanderslice, whose recording studio offers a spacious dimension to They Moved in Shadow All Together. With him, she's created a record full of haunting pop songs.
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Right, I think she's finally nailed it.
Emily Jane White has been making music for some time now veering from early PJ Harvey type material, edging towards the crystalline, echo-drenched material that makes up this, her fifth LP. The opening two tracks are quite wondrous affairs, the opening 'Frozen Garden' is one of those tracks that sounds like an instant classic with rolling acoustics and gentle drums plucking an pounding whilst White's voice shows all the character you need - vocals near and far combining for a lovely spacious track that has hints of Fleet Foxes reverby folk and Bat For Lashes mysterious storytelling. 'Pallid Eyes' continues this theme, the natural reverb adding a sense of classicism to the proceedings.
The songs are uncomplicated affairs with just a touch of piano or strings added for warmth, 'Nightmares on Repeat' is another lovely set of changes, White's keening voice rising and floating above the track, as clear as a mountain stream. There's the odd track I'd skip but I keep getting reminded of highlights such as the choral oooohs that introduce 'Moulding' are in particularly transcendent. Her voice is spectacular throughout, and even when the odd piano led track fails to catch light the voice saves the day. A truly impressive vocal performance over haunting torch songs that will appeal to any fan of Marissa Nadler, Sharon Van Etten.
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