Great Aunt Ida "How They Fly"
Published Oct 01, 2006The brainchild of Ida Nilsen (Buttless Chaps), Great Aunt Ida sounds gorgeous on this well-constructed full-length. The obvious influence is Julie Doiron, though Nilsens songs are all invested with more hopeful instrumentation and she is often more playful in her wordplay. With its subtle horns and strings, "Little Voice is just plain lovely. The combination of co-producer Tim Veselys back-up vocals and Nilsens fun phrasing make "We Say No an imaginative piece of pop. Like many of the songs here, "Stranger evokes cinematic imagery, as the atmospheric music gels perfectly with Nilsens bold, delicate voice. On the surface, "Extra Hours is upbeat and poppy but the forlorn lead vocal gracefully tempers the mood. How ever compelling, Nilsens voice occasionally comes across as endearingly monotonous, a comforting, reliable noise guiding similarly droning music on songs like "Dont Start and "Accident. Recalling the gentler aspects of Yo La Tengo, Great Aunt Ida lulls you into loving her with "How They Fly. (Northern Electric)