KRISTIN HERSH

POS­SI­BLE DUST CLOUDS FIRE, OUT 5 OC­TO­BER

Q (UK) - - Review -

Throw­ing Muses alumna coun­ters the dis­so­nance with fine songs. That Hersh has called this record “a freakin’ so­ciopath” per­haps best ex­plains its de­meanour; it’s a stun­ning, stealthy, faintly malev­o­lent col­lec­tion of songs that serve as a re­minder of this song­writer’s power and in­no­va­tion. Hersh’s ca­reer, from Throw­ing Muses on­wards, has been a por­trait in dis­so­nance. Here she gives the squall some­thing to push against – the songs are four-square, tra­di­tional struc­tures, but what hap­pens be­tween their walls is ex­per­i­men­tal and witty. So there’s the bound and scurry of Lethe, the sul­try, atonal turn of Tu­lum, and Fox Point, which kicks in with a riff that then seems to half-dis­solve, then rise again. Hersh claims she wanted the sound to be fa­mil­iar, “just dressed oddly enough to make you look twice.” It’s harder to look away. ★★★★ LAURA BAR­TON Lis­ten To: Fox Point | Lethe | Tu­lum

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