Emily Jane White - Ode To Sentience
Emily Jane White was raised in a quiet seaside town in California and her floating, thought-out folk is clearly a product of this. Ode To Sentience is in essence an album of nostalgic pasts and sweet ballads that reflect this, backed by your typical American folk staples: violin, lap steel guitar etc. Emily’s hushed tones do stand out though, especially on ‘Black Silk’ where Jen Grady’s backing vocals linger just behind creating a ghostly atmosphere. ‘I Lay To Rest (California)’ gives the whole band a chance to stretch their respective musical muscles, as strikes of piano and beautiful cello come together in one of the most heart-wrenching songs on the album. She, at times, recalls a more stripped down Bat For Lashes on the dark strains of ‘The Law’, the same voice of experience rising up shining through. This is Emily Jane White’s third album in as many years and if this is the quality she manages to sustain throughout, then let’s hope that creativity materialises stronger as the years go on.