Emma Winston has sung in loads of folky acts such as Darren Hayman, Enderby's Room and Owl & Mouse, but this -- her first solo offering -- is completely different. She recorded it on synthesisers small enough to take on the bus and so it has more in common with the likes of Grimes, but there's still an indie heart beating here. Perhaps of interest to fans of early St Etienne. Her voice has a great wobble to it.
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I've been listening to this while doing something else just to see if it grew on me. Well I'm pleased to report it did. Emma Winston (aka Deerful) has a funny-ish voice. It's quite posh and a bit squashy but sits quite pleasantly over her naive electronic pop. The album uses all kinds of small synths to make the kind of bleeps you might hear on arcade games or video game soundtracks and Winston sings atop. It's an odd juxtaposition but one that once you get used to it works pretty nicely. It marries the coldness of bleepy electronica with the warm voice of the human. I'm reminded somewhat of that Gwenno album from a couple of years back. The best tracks such as 'Cloudwatching' have a lovely hazy longing to them that reminds you of a summer you have never had.
It's a narrow sound template but Deerful sticks to her guns and mines it as far as it can go. For those who remember Printed Circuit a lot of it recalls their flair with electronica married to the psychedelic longing of someone like Jane Weaver.
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