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We haven’t heard any music from Globelamp, the musical moniker of Elizabeth Le Fey, since her 2015 album The Orange Glow.  That album was an honest and impressive record, detailing Elizabeth’s abusive relationship and the complex fall out from it, involving court cases, restraining orders and a host of very public exchanges. This week marked the announcement of a third Globelamp record, “Romantic Cancer”, due for release on her new home Nefarious Industries, as well as the release of a new single, “Black Tar”.

While The Orange Glow bathed in technicolor psych-folk, Black Tar is instantly a more restrained affair. Elizabeth’s vocal is largely unadorned, left to all it’s idiosyncratic flair, accompanied by a just gentle acoustic guitar rhythm and an accordion, courtesy of James Felice, which adds a certain Parisian feel to proceedings.

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Discussing Romantic Cancer, Elizabeth has suggested it is a record about how we perceive relationships, how, “we start believing Love equals Pain. As though Love is a type of cancer that must be avoided at all costs”. As intriguing and challenging as ever, the return of Globelamp is an occasion to be celebrated.

All songs written by Elizabeth le Fey 

All guitars, keyboard, and tambourine played by Elizabeth le Fey
James Felice – Accordion on Blinded, Sorceress Of Your Soul, Black Tar, Look Out Mountain
Morgan Y. Evans – vocals on track Sha La Love, trombone on Look Out Mountain

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The Orange Glow, the latest album from Elizabeth Le Fey, or Globelamp to use her stage name, is a fascinating piece of work. It is an uncompromising and often brutal musing on an abusive relationship, the imbalance that still exists in the way the world perceives the two genders, and the difficulty in both having your story heard, and having it believed.

The Orange Glow seemed an album that existed outside of musical trends, influenced as much by the psych-folk explorations of Pentangle or Vashti Bunyan as it was by any of her contemporaries. Musically, it is a record that slowly unveils itself to the listener, the production never short of stunning, cleverly layering fascinating vocal melodies atop the often skeletal backings of an easily strummed guitar, twinkling piano and percussion that drifted in and out of earshot. An emotive, powerful and sometimes harrowing album, The Orange Glow suggests Globelamp is both a survivor and a musician with a huge future ahead of her.