Dream pop and Irish folk mingle beneath veils of Liz Harris-like soundscaping on this splendid debut from Dublin-based Maria Somerville. Her calm, secretive singing joins beautifully sculpted synths and guitar, quirky and understated sound design, the occasional plodding beat and quite a lot of reverb.
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8/10 PopLib Customer review, 10th March 2019
All My People is special album brimming with subtle sonic magic and also some very beautifully rendered melodic pop songs (like the gorgeous “This Way” and the reverb guitar strum of “Dreaming”), coddled in blankets of muffled yet echoing sound. Some tracks use decelerated drum-machines, their mechanical beats rendered as soft as footsteps in new snow. If this is dream-pop it comes from strangest dreams, the kind of music you may imagine half-remembering hearing while drifting off to sleep watching a David Lynch film.
You may at times catch something of the spirit of Grouper and El Perro Del Mar, or even Cocteau Twins and HTRK here (sometimes all in the same song). The infinite reverb layers and strange noises washing around in the mix often providing disorienting anomalies, perhaps akin to early ambient work of Eno beamed into a cathedral via a shortwave radio drifting on and off station while Maria Somerville sings quietly in the middle of the hall. There are things in the mix that may not actually there; audio illusions, like watermarks, or ghostly stains seeping through from a parallel world, smudged hallucinations, warped through time and space.
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