There was a girl. A very strange, enchanted girl…; actually, there still is, and her name is Sara Kermanshahi. She’s from Brooklyn, of course, and in possession of a searching, powerful voice that’s at once both alien and familiar. We can’t quite put a finger on who she reminds us of – Jana Hunter, a little; maybe Zola Jesus without the heavy distortion and reverb – but Kermanshahi suits a bit of mystery. Together with her backing duo Cedar Apffel and Rory O’Conner, she deals in luxuriously atmospheric, beautifully lyrical songs that swell and climb with clear direction. ‘Pariah’ is a prime example of what’s on offer on Natureboy’s self-titled debut album, self-released back in April. With a lilting melody and seemingly effortless command of mood, its deep yet simple power is totally transfixing.
FREE MP3: Natureboy, ‘Pariah’ [via RCRD LBL]