Silver Summit frontwoman's haunting solo debut.
Sondra Sun-Odeon, frontwoman of the bewitching psych-folk duo Silver Summit, takes the title of her debut solo album quite literally: with its hazy swirls of guitar loops, limpid string accents (courtesy of Espers' Helena Espvall on cello and Leyna Marika Papach on violin and viola) and Sun-Odeon's high-register vocals, the album is drenched in blissed-out atmospherics. It would be easy for the songs to float away like half-remembered daydreams were it not for Sun-Odeon's solid, folk-rooted melodies. Even the nine-minute-plus centerpiece "The Apple" feels carefully thought-out. More concise tunes like the mysterious, haunting "Lady in the Woods" and the shimmering "Golden Bird" sound like what would happen if dream pop contemporaries like Beach House fell under the spell of vintage psych-folk luminaries like Vashti Bunyan or Mellow Candle.
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