Reb Fountain: Like Water (Fountain/Elite)

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Reb Fountain: Dust and Bones
Reb Fountain: Like Water (Fountain/Elite)

Recorded in Christchurch, Vancouver, LA, Texas and Auckland (whew), this impressive debut announces yet another major New Zealand singer-songwriting talent.

Yes, in a couple of the gentle ballad tracks she does sound a little like Bic Runga (is that a bad thing?) but she also gets behind some gutsy, pop-rock guitar jangle, in other places has a weary soulful and quite bluesy quality, and crafts songs across a spectrum from kind of alt.country to edgy skater-rock.

Her backing band are all names unfamiliar to me but sound well seasoned, and they provide the tight backdrop -- sometimes quite atmospheric -- against which Fountain places her many distinctive voices.

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