SERAFINA STEER — ” The Moths Are Real “

Posted: November 9, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Produced by Jarvis Cocker, who clearly has an eye for an unusual talent, this third album is by UK harpist/vocalist Serafina Steer. Cocker seems to have taken her under his wing, directing the video above and generally evangelizing her talents to the world and we’re glad he did, because this album is great. This record reminds us a great deal of a female harp-wielding Leonard Cohen (a comparison that others have also made), which is clearly not a bad thing at all.

Serafina Steer plays a harp and sings in a dew-fresh style that lends itself well to storytelling. Cue regular comparisons, then, to any and all women who play music that rightly or wrongly is defined as quirky folk pop.

So bewitched was Cocker by a sound that was part faeries-in-the-city psychedelic singer-songwriting and part library music electronica – a result of her harp being nicked ,  Steer’s other wingmen here include Capitol K, Pulp’s Steve Mackey and, excitingly for anyone fond of mad-as-a-hatter pop, The Flying Lizards’ David Cunningham.

Anne Briggs is an influence, if only because Steer’s voice is so nakedly itself. And there is a flash of Jackson C Frank’s My Name is Carnival in spartan opener, Night Before Mutiny.

But there’s nothing else mossy about this. In fact, like the droll yet odd tales weaved by David Thomas Broughton, Steer sings deliciously barbed songs about the city – and, you know, space abduction, skinny-dipping, that sort of thing.


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