Itasca: Unmoored By The Wind (New Images, 2014)

December 2, 2014 at 8:55 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Itasca: Unmoored By The Wind

Itasca: Unmoored By The Wind

Newest album NY indie-folk singer-songwriter Kayla Cohen, who first caught my attention with her track on the excellent Life Blood tape compilation on Life Like. Simple and warmly recorded enough that you could be fooled into thinking it’s a reissue of an obscure ’60s/’70s psych-folk album, lost somewhere in time between Linda Perhacs and Vashti Bunyan and only being rediscovered now. After opening with a brief birdsong-abetted guitar instrumental, Cohen continues with nearly a dozen dreamy, forest-dwelling folk songs, usually consisting of nothing more than acoustic guitar, vocals, and occasional flute. “Walking In Hahamongna” is a free-flowing guitar instrumental that dips into more American primitivist territory, and has much more detailed and involved playing than the songs with vocals. “Buzzard Gulch Well” has multi-tracked vocals, and is probably the slowest, most solemn, and most ethereal song on the album. “Colt In Hiding” is a runner-up, with its lush vocal harmonies and subtle backwards guitar layered underneath. “Glass” concludes the album with perhaps its most sit-up-straight song, with upfront vocal harmonies which don’t sound as sleepy as some of the other songs.

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