Posts Tagged ‘Owen Pallett’

Tomberlin’s new album “At Weddings” begins to leak into your ears, quietly at first and then seemingly growing louder as it takes root and shape and finds its way , that vocal, so weighted down with sentiment it feels ready to crack at any moment it reminds me somewhat of Marika Hackman, shifting the light and atmosphere in an instant, one of those moments of discovery that lingers for days, like it was meant just for you and nobody else.

‘At Weddings’ is released today, via Bandcamp; a seven-track mini album that features additional magic from that most fruitful of magicians himself, Owen Pallett, who mastered and produced the record and also appears on the quietly haunting centre-piece “Self-Help”. This record pertinently, defiantly, belongs to Sarah Tomberlin, however, and as it worms its way through the billowing darkness, her voice and vision grows even more significant, not just a soft power but a flood of poignancy that gets in to the cracks of those floorboards, that turns those coloured leaves even more autumnal, that takes over whatever empty space there was.

Opening track “Any Other Way” is an instant draw, a soft strum that gently broods in to life; “I got a book off the shelf today, it’s gonna tell me what I should say. I don’t know how to talk, when you’re looking that way”, Tomberlin sings with tangible desolation. Elsewhere, the stunning “Tornado” pushes her exquisite voice fully to the fore, a tender moment of balance underpinned by far-off undulations, and the closing “February” is perhaps the stand-out track here, a creeping moment of isolation that seems to drift in the ether long after its five-minutes have passed, joining those floating motes of dust, remembered, occasionally, when the sun lands in just the right spot to illuminate it all over again.

Personal and poignant, “At Weddings” is a remarkable collection of songs, the kind of quiet unraveling that seems to gather its strength from somewhere else entirely; a stark and stirring reminder of the true power of vulnerability and sensitivity.