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Monday, 23 July 2012

Record Review - MayMay

And So I Place You In The Setting Sun

Flau CD

From Portland, Oregon, MayMay is Laurel Simmons, a singer-songwriter (previously in the well-regarded indie group Loch Lomond) with a bent for ethereal pop.

The Cocteau Twins are a huge influence on this album, and while Simmons’ voice doesn’t quite measure up to Liz Fraser’s, some of the music is just as quietly potent. The opener, ‘Setting Sun’, is a hushed delight. Sometimes it gets more electric, such as on the layered ‘Lines To Water’, with almost a feeling of early 1990s American indie groups like The Softies and early Blonde Redhead. Elsewhere, the cello of Heather Woods Broderick adds depth and sophistication. The soft nostalgia of the lyrics is impressive, too.

This record feels very genuine. It’s not beholden to trends, it’s not overthought, it’s simply being gently beautiful in a corner. Take the time to listen closely.

Jeanette Leech

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