Dear Reader – Day Fever
The first album in four years for Berlin-based South African singersongwriter Cherilyn MacNeil is a marked return to form following 2013’s disappointing Rivonia, in which previous collaborator Darryl Torr’s absence was all too noticeable. With
Day Fever, however, it seems Dear Reader is finally thriving as a solo project. MacNeil and producer John Vanderslice have opted for an entirely analogue recording style here, eschewing big effects and recording directly onto tape, and the result is a warm, organic alt-folk album reminiscent of The Beekeeper-era Tori Amos – not only in terms of style and tone, but also in its painfully honest and open lyrics.