Lara Yule Singh The Great Divine

Lara Yule Singh’s sophomore effort, The Great Divine, isn’t lacking in the muse department. The simple allegories not only explode into delicate, atmospheric avant folk pop songs but they’re also heavily influenced by M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials books and, of course, that adventurous glimmer that exists within us all. Singh’s approach to music mimics that of Ghost Bees and Joanna Newsom, her stories taking on a life of their own as the travel between sing-speak lyrics and blossoms of organic tinkerings. "Upon A Clearing” uses gentle repetition to mirror a mysterious and perhaps fantastical trip through the woods. "Gold Brick” takes another path entirely by using a chorus of voices to express a sort of solitary companionship. The Great Divine would make an excellent soundtrack for a children’s fairy tale but in the meantime, it functions well as a light-hearted folk album for the child-at-heart. (Independent)