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Emily Jane White

Dark Undercoat

(10tx CD, 42'47'' - Talitres / Double Negative rec 'o7)

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Emily Jane White, from S. Francisco, easily wins over the comparisons with Cat Power: although, actually, ms. Marshall may think "when the hell did i record a such so 'excellent' album?", - yes, because Dark Undercoat is truly an inspired poems collection, - low whispered reverie, glue for broken hearts, filled with spirituality and feeling. Clean guitars sounds, accents of cello and violin, - and Emily's vocals, - they're so soothing and sweet. Folk and melancholy, - in the key of simplicity, - minimal drumming on a couple of parenthesis, piano, - sinister lyrics like "Mother won't you please bury me alive, Down in the coffin, with my wife?" (that is Sleeping Dead), - and carefree song titles like Two Shots To The Head: it's that kind of Music that perfectly matches with the idea of missing that necessary something to be.. happy? And later You discover that happiness is on the bottom of a hot coffee cup. - Along the pizzicato of Blue ballad She shows Her skills in being excellent even as one-Woman band; title track Dark Undercoat is a gloomy lullaby graced with bright harmony; last but not least, - the song Wild Tigers I Have Known was originally featured in the self-titled  film released a couple of years ago, by Cam Archer (also directing Dark Undercoat video), produced by Gus Van Sant.
Emily Jane White, da S. Francisco, vince facilmente i paragoni con Cat Power: sebbene, senza ombra di dubbio, ms. Marshall potrebbe trasalire ed esclamare "e quest album cosí bello? quando l'ho registrato?", - sí, perchè Dark Undercoat è una collezione di poesie altamente ispirate, - pura immaginazione sussurrata, colla per cuori spezzati, piena di spiritualità e sentimento. Suoni di chitarre pulite, accenti di violoncello e violino, - e il cantato di Emily, - tanto lenitivo e dolce. Folk e malinconia, - nella chiave della semplicità, - linee di batteria minimale in quelle poche volte che c'è, piano, - testi sinistri quali "Mother won't you please bury me alive, Down in the coffin, with my wife?" (cioè Sleeping Dead), - e titoli a cuor leggero quali Two Shots To The Head: insomma, quel tipo di Musica che collima perfettamente con la sensazione che manca ancora quel necessario qualcosa per essere.. felici? E più tardi si scopre che la felicità è sul fondo di una tazza fumante di caffè. - Lungo il pizzicato della ballata di Blue, dimostra la Sua eccellenza nel proporsi come one-Woman band; la title track Dark Undercoat è una buia cantilena nella grazia dell'armonia; e ultimo ma non da meno, - la canzone Wild Tigers I Have Known era in origine nell'omonimo film di Cam Archer (anche alla regia del video di Dark Undercoat), prodotto by Gus Van Sant un paio di anni fa.

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