You probably already know this LA-based artist as one half of The Bird & The Bee with producer Greg Kurstin, whose two albums and various EPs have made quite a splash in indie-pop circles. But Inara deserves to be equally famed for her solo ventures, which include her 2006 debut All Rise and last year’s An Invitation, a collaborative effort with Van Dyke Parks and a 24-piece orchestra. A consummate plate-spinner, Inara always has several projects on the go, formerly attached to bands including Lode and Merrick, and now with latest outfit The Living Sisters (a trio with Eleni Mandell and Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark). But it’s her new solo album Accidental Experimental that’s currently taking centre stage with a digital release on October 20th through Everloving Records.
Preview track ‘Accidental’ is folk-pop gold dust, wrapping emotive, questioning lyrics inside delicately drowsy electro and lulling, opiate folk, giving the song a pleasant, sleepwalking lucidity. Inara’s soprano is equal parts honey and smoke and has a quality that evokes both Feist and Suzanne Vega. If ‘Accidental’ has a cinematic quality to it, look no further than returning producer Mike Andrews who helped to sculpt All Rise. Famed for his film scores (Donnie Darko, Grey Boy All-Stars), the talented composer worked with Inara on most of Accidental Experimental, reworking several of the songs from An Invitation (‘Bomb’, ‘Dirty White’, ‘Right As Wrong’, ‘Oh My Love’) alongside both new and older, previously unreleased tracks.