My Beautiful Sinking Ship
Up- and outreaching music from Los Angeles’ Devics on their third album, one that sees them reach far beyond the scope of most artists to come up with something truly extraordinary and intensely personal. While this is reminiscent of artists like Tori Amos, Nick Cave, M Ward, Radiohead and Ed Harcourt from time to time, there’s no doubt that Devics are in the process of carving out a niche all of their own. Lead singer Sara Lov has a casual delivery that lends her mournful lyrics an intensely personal air, and the band’s playing is restrained and considered, emphasizing the space between notes as if they are afraid of violating the fragile mood running throughout the album. Even the more up-and-about tracks, such as the lovely “You in the Glass,” drift along carefully, each step measured and considered. Devics have made an intense album that’s both quietly seducing and truly disturbing. Momentous.
Bella Union Records: http://www.bellaunion.com