Album Name: A Hundred Birds
Artist: Sylvi Alli
Year/Label: 2008 / Independent
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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell
Sylvi Alli’s voice hovers between light and dark, its loveliness accentuated by the unpredictable seep of her music.
Her latest album is ethereal dreampop with a heart of darkness. She sings like Lisa Gerrard with her heart thawed by the coming of spring.
Embers rests on a lovely melody and arrives slowly at an unknown destination.
Blood is darkness illuminated by a single flame about to be extinguished by a gust of wind. Alli’s voice is majestic and yet has the grace of a siren.
Dying Star has a precarious rhythm that lends a nice counterpoint to Alli’s celestial song. The breathless wonder of the title song rests on Alli’s weaving her voice around itself.
This album is a glittering jewel in a coal mine, waiting to be discovered by a fortunate traveler.
Posted on January 17, 2008
Listen to track samples while you read
4 Flesh Has Flown
7 Dying Star
8 A Hundred Birds
9 Home On the Range