Kira Lynn Cain, 'The Ideal Hunter' (Evangeline)

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The Ideal Hunter
Critical Mass
Label: Evangeline

by Rob O'connor

On her debut album, Kira Lynn Cain's vocals are more felt than heard among slumbering rhythms, decadent strings, piano, organ, and delicate acoustic guitar. The dreamscapes alternate between early-'70s French pop (see Françoise Hardy's La Question) and incidental music for a film to be named later. Lap steel sets a Western mood ("The Strange Light"), while repetitive guitar patterns and obscuring reverb ("The Lone") marry Mazzy Star to the ice-capped solemnity of Sigur Rós. Haunting, but maybe next time Cain should include a dose of NoDoz.

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