EL­IZ­A­BETH SHEP­HERD The Sig­nal Li­nus

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - CORMAC LARKIN

Mon­treal singer, song­writer and pi­anist El­iz­a­beth Shep­herd is a ris­ing star, due in no small part to her de­ter­mi­na­tion to bridge the gap be­tween con­tem­po­rary jazz and popular mu­sic. Her songs are clever and catchy but also pro­found (fem­i­nism, eco-ac­tivism and witch­craft are among the sub­jects un­der ex­am­i­na­tion here), and her hip odd-me­ter grooves are com­plex but funky, mus­cu­lar but never heavy­handed. Add in ex­cel­lent and un­usual sound de­sign – the record plays through with­out gaps, punc­tu­ated by sam­ples, found ma­te­rial and spo­ken word – and you have a Björk-meets-Steve Cole­man-meets-Joni Mitchell sort of record that will fur­ther en­hance the Cana­dian’s rep­u­ta­tion. A guest ap­pear­ance from ac­claimed Beni­nese gui­tarist/vo­cal­ist Lionel Loueke adds another layer on three tracks. eliz­a­bethshep­herd.com

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