Sun’s Signature (Partisan)
To describe Elizabeth Fraser’s voice as ‘ethereal’ doesn’t do it justice when many others labelled as such pale into earthly comparison. A former Cocteau Twin, perhaps the best way to underscore her otherworldly qualities is her presence on the Lord Of The Rings OSTs: she might be the closest thing we have to the sound of actual Elven singing.
Sun’s Signature, her first EP in 13 years, was made with partner Damon Reece (Massive Attack, Spiritualized), and its five tracks demonstrate sweeping scope and an average runtime of around five minutes apiece. Opener Underwater has been floating around for some time, this version a little choppier than previous ones I’ve heard; Golden Air is a jangly, Cocteau-esque bubbling brook, Bluedusk a bobbing boat on a gentle current while Make Lovely The Day mould-breaking as a wistful acoustic ballad. Though I’d have loved more, Sun’s Signature’s succinctness makes it all the more precious.
words HANNAH COLLINS
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