Anne Garner returns to Slowcraft Records with another record of slow craft. Lost Play is a record of dreamy songwriting, one where the instrumentals appear to have been recorded in an early-morning haze. The way the droning ambiences and Garner’s breathy vocals slip over one another is reminiscent of Grouper, while the chamber strings bring things into Julia Holter territory.
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Anne Garner’s gentle baroque rumination treads through fog. Without trepidation. A commanding vocalist who never needs to gesticulate, to further express beyond a quiet sing-song whisper, Garner navigates a mystery of her own making, crafting midst out of strings, field recordings and low-flying ambience. ‘Lost Play’ sounds like someone walking into the midst and welcoming it.
It’s going to reconfigure everything in your peripheral vision. I’m listening to “Fall Before the Night”, a tune of blissfully hushed woodwind and plucked strings, and the office I’m in has become an amorphous foggy nether region. The kind of precision Garner gets out of both the music she plays and the room she plays it in hasn’t been heard since the likes of Tor Lundvall, an artist who went to painstaking lengths to create unique environmental space for his songs. With its backdropped drone, its parsed melodies and Garner’s humble, hummed vocal “Colt” becomes the kind of song where you hear nothing else among it. It shuts it all out.
‘Lost Play’ is a record about the joys and despairs of childhood; it weaves in dark, uncomfortable narratives, and all the while seems to perfectly represent that very kid-like feeling of going through something alone for the first time. Imagination and isolation, all confined to one young person, are massive feelings, and Garner’s lonely, personal music speaks profoundly to that secret headspace.
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