Caroline Weeks Songs For Edna

Caroline Weeks Songs For Edna
The go-to multi-instrumentalist for Bat For Lashes, Caroline Weeks took time out of her touring schedule to record this low-key collection of slightly skewed folk tunes. Armed with her delicate voice, tiny Spanish guitar and a small array of keys, Weeks creates engaging pieces out of the poems of late American poet Edna St. Vincent-Millay. A lot of space is filled and appropriately left by the sparsely layered vocal harmonies and deft guitar plucking, but with only an occasional sprinkle of piano or bizarre synth squelch most of the songs are left feeling like incomplete demos. Gorgeous demos of very good material but the lack of percussion, or any lower register instrumentation for that matter, leaves quite a sonic hole in the body of the production. As a full musical statement, Songs For Edna just misses the mark, but as a collection of poems set to beautiful musical movements, the project is a huge success. (Manimal Vinyl)