May (LP)


Broken Twin

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Amoeba Review

05/12/2014

Austere, contemplative songwriting from 25-year old Majke Voss Romme, who also self-produced the record with help from Tindersticks-affiliated knob twister Ian Caple. Melancholy but still hopeful if only in their latent pastoral qualities, Romme's songs are classic humanist recollections, what it feels like to evaluate experiences alone, and the sound of the room, a gentle reverb, makes for a sense of isolation to match. There is romance, often lost, often curious, but rarely turning to sourness. Romme's vocal delivery occasionally brings to mind a less abstract female Mark Hollis towards the end of his time as leader of Talk Talk. Similarly, this music is sparse and the longing haunting vocals are instrumental as much as anything else occupying the sound-palette, performing minimal repetitive functions in a small, haiku-like arrangement of folky acoustic tones. Some of these songs could easily swell into pop grandiosity, the emotions and melodies are there, and we might be rewarded by that passage. For now, however, we can be thankful for May's quiet, intimate austerity, and look forward to seeing how it expands.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The Aching
Broken Twin 03:57
2.
Glimpse Of A Time
Broken Twin 03:35
3.
Roam
Broken Twin 04:31
4.
No Darkness
Broken Twin 05:59
5.
Sun Has Gone
Broken Twin 03:29


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
River Raining
Broken Twin 03:23
2.
Soon After This
Broken Twin 04:30
3.
Out Of Air
Broken Twin 04:08
4.
In Dreams
Broken Twin 04:08
5.
If Pilots Go To Heaven
Broken Twin 04:00

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