Arg­onauta 7/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - ALAS­TAIr McKAY

Sec­ond solo out­ing from Bal­morhea vi­o­lin­ist/singer-song­writer

In the notes that ac­com­pany this al­bum, the Tex­as­born, Mas­sachusetts­based vi­o­lin­ist sug­gests that the songs are an at­tempt to cap­ture fluc­tu­at­ing emo­tions. Her mother had died, but she had also found love. Mu­si­cally, she’s equally di­verse. Mostly, there is the voice, a swoop­ing in­stru­ment that swirls and ed­dies be­neath sparse folk rhythms. The grief-soaked “Must Be A Way” is al­most a coun­try-strum, but the emo­tion is car­ried by the swelling strings. “We Were Worn” car­ries a note of ghostly re­silience, and melodic echoes of Mag­a­zine’s “You never Knew Me”.

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