Erin Durant is an artist who knows the difference between power and volume. The Brooklyn-based pianist has her roots in New Orleans. Her piano led ballads have a certain swagger, imbued with the spirit of her home town. Her style also recalls For The Roses-era Joni Mitchell, Joanna Newsom and Regina Spektor. Islands was produced by Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio and features a guest performance from Kath Bloom.
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Oh my goodness, this is pretty. It’s the new LP from Erin Durant. I am partial to the ol’ languid, lazy, woozy sound it’s true -- but it has been a long time since I have heard this particular style of folk-country executed this well. Opening track ‘Rising Sun’ is all kinds of beautiful and I would be very happy to have this song soundtrack any morning of the year upon awakening. The gentle strums of guitar and slow, laid-back twang of pedal steel are the perfect accompaniment to Durant’s voice. Hers is a voice as refreshing as a mountain stream and as welcome as a cool breeze wafting over fragrant jasmine on an August afternoon.
Hard to know how Durant and her band will manage to follow that opener but follow it they do, and how! ‘Highway Blue’ opens with Durant at her piano, playing an easy-tinklin’ line which leads us into a mid-tempo swayer and can I mention her voice again; wow and whoa! Yes, there is the Joni (Mitchell) factor there but also a pure, sweet tonal quality. She's somewhere between Joanna Newsom and Regina Spektor, and the bluegrass voices of Kitty Wells and Wells-fan Laura Cantrell. So yeah, I was kinda bound to like this…
And, although the artist is Brooklyn based you can really hear her N’Orleans roots ringing through. It chimes in every note she gifts us. There are some stunning songs in this set, which flows gracefully on, with the wistful ‘Sand Dunes’ evoking images of bittersweet, salt-caked and sun-bleached polaroids of yesteryear. ‘Take A Load Off’ has more of that languorous piano and pedal-steel coupling, with a gorgeous guitar breaking me out of a mid-review reverie as Erin’s voice floats effortlessly above. All in all, ‘Islands’ is the warmest, most gracious record imaginable. It is simply… magnificent.
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