Lisa Germano: Magic Neighbor (Young God Records)

 |   |  <1 min read

Lisa Germano: Snow
Lisa Germano: Magic Neighbor (Young God Records)

Given that the cover art here is by Auckland's West Coast artist Dean Buchanan, we might guess that singer/violinist/composer Germano encountered his work when she was in New Zealand in April 2001 for Neil Finn's 7 Worlds Collide project.

Certainly Buchanan's dark and mysterious work is appropriate here because Germano's music is much the same: there is a surface loveliness hinted at but then odd, atonal undercurrents or slightly disconcerting sounds creep through. Shadows at noon and night.

When she sings "it's a beautiful day" you can't really be convinced -- and that makes for an album of great emotional depth where unusual orchestration and effects are peppered throughout, and her lyrics offer mulitiple interpretations. 

It is hypnotic in its overall sense of quiet, but her attention to detail and ability to suddenly throw a melodic curve (which never entirely puts you off) is unique.

Suli-Mon is just plain strange with weird voices and effects behind the almost childlike melody and delivery. Snow which follows is just plain beautiful. The mysterious Painting the Doors was written with Elsewhere/Eno favourite Harold Budd.

Germano has had a rough ride in the music game (she gave up for a while) and as you might expect from someone who had an album entitled Lullaby for Liquid Pig she is always going to present something . . . different.

This is certainly that, but not in a bad way. Magnetic. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Rats on Rafts/De Kift: Last Day on De Zon (Fire)

Rats on Rafts/De Kift: Last Day on De Zon (Fire)

Yes, it's true we probably don't hear enough homegrown Dutch post-punk here. But despite the name of our country . . . why would we? Here from the country which houses the province of Old... > Read more

The Golden Awesome: Autumn (M'Lady's)

The Golden Awesome: Autumn (M'Lady's)

Having been very impressed by the Amazing (although rather underwhelmed by Gold Medal Famous) I am a sucker for a band that doesn't under-sell itself on the naming front. Toad the Wet Sprocket... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

DIOR AND I, a doco by FREDERIC TCHENG (Madman DVD)

DIOR AND I, a doco by FREDERIC TCHENG (Madman DVD)

Even if by the end of this 90 minute documentary you are no wiser about his personality or even exactly what it is he does, you will perhaps still be persuaded that Raf Simons is a rare visionary... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . CARL T SPRAGUE: At home on the range in the Eighteen Seventies

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . CARL T SPRAGUE: At home on the range in the Eighteen Seventies

Some musicians are so close to the source they are almost part of it. The young Rolling Stones -- despite their cultural, emotional and physical distance from American blues – heard... > Read more