The Observer - The New Review - - RELEASES - Emily Mackay

Lost in Light (BELLA UNION)

Swedish singer-song­writer Su­mie Nagano (sis­ter of Lit­tle Dragon front­woman Yukimi) seem­ingly paints only in wa­ter­colour. Her sec­ond al­bum tries to don the weeds of gothic Amer­i­cana for a darker tone than the pale folk of her epony­mous de­but, yet re­mains washed out, like an over­ex­posed neg­a­tive: oddly beau­ti­ful but wil­fully wan. From the Mazzy Star-lite re­verbed strums and de­tached vo­cals of For­tune and the spec­tral sa­loon torch song that is Night Rain to the soft coun­try melan­choly of Walk Away, with its faintest breath of brass, one song drifts ghost­like into an­other, leav­ing lit­tle last­ing im­pres­sion other than a vague, pretty sad­ness.

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