|Gillespie, Jenny / Cure For Dreaming|
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“Cure for Dreaming” Jenny Gillespie|
Jenny Gillespie weaves folk, electronica, progressive jazz, and 1970s pop into a fabric that’s at once accessible and experimental. Gillespie is a true artist — painting with a palette that includes her wonderfully expressive voice and a mix of piano, guitar and electronica. She’s a former editor of children’s stories. Has an MFA in poetry. And is a student of African guitar picking. As I said, an artist and riveting storyteller. The lyrics are consistently excellent. This album — her fourth along with two EPs — is both challenging and comfortable. A unique contribution to today’s folk-pop scene.
Recommended: 3, 6, 5, 2, 7. No FCCs detected.
1. (4:56) Dhyana by the River — Switches between being stately baroque and up-tempo, and edgy folk with a chugging rhythm, plink-y piano and strident snare. Gillespie’s vocals are reed-thin as she reaches for her highest registers.
2. (2:39) No Stone — Piano and synths rise and fall. Vocals are jazzy and free-form. Lyrics end with, “Tomorrow will be better, I guess/That’s a story I tell myself.” ***
3. (4:47) Part Potawatomi — Breezy and jazzy with a strummed guitar, slinky Latin beat, shimmering synths, and funky bass line. Breathy and airy lead vocals and tropical backing vocals. ****
4. (4:01) Evening Loving — Avant-garde folk-pop, again with experimental trappings. Fingerpicked acoustic guitar and ringing synth counterpoint. Interesting, complex drum line.
5. (5:47) Last Mystery Train — Melodic baroque-pop with a soaring, cinematic melody. Piano. Achingly beautiful pedal steel guitar echoes across the landscape. ****
6. (3:43) Involuntary Sway — Bouncy, cheerful pop-rock. March-like tempo. Electric piano. Shimmering synths. Sweet lead vocals and rich harmonies. Catchy. ****
7. (5:06) His Voyage Innocent — Repeated piano arpeggios and synth replies. Gillespie’s vocals are especially artful here, expressive and distinctive. Builds toward the end, with repeated, “Who will mother me?” ***
8. (4:09) Pain Travels (Chakra Huckster) — Orchestral closer. Electric piano again leads the way, with Gillespie’s vocals crystal clear, supported by swelling synth strings.