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Haunt­ingly mag­nif­i­cent de­but al­bum from St Louis song­writer.

Given that she’s pic­tured on the cover look­ing like a cow­er­ing poltergeist, it’s no sur­prise that there’s an overtly gothic tinge to Vera Sola’s stun­ningly chilly de­but al­bum. Like a mor­dant Patsy Cline, Sola spe­cialises in sparse tales of love and loss, aug­mented through­out by un­usual in­stru­men­ta­tion (bones, ham­mers and chains are all em­ployed). The first track, Vir­gil’s Flow­ers, pos­sesses a great open­ing lyric (“These are the flow­ers that you hate…”), but also an ethe­real and un­der­stated mu­si­cal­ity that sets the tone for the record as a whole. Else­where, there are echoes of Leonard Co­hen (For) and Johnny Cash (The Colony), but ul­ti­mately Sola’s muse re­mains rooted in the noc­tur­nal. JAMES OLD­HAM Lis­ten To: Vir­gil’s Flow­ers | By Moth­light | Small Minds

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