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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Emily Lacy: CD Review

Emily Lacy

Newsworthy New York Tapes



Rating: 5


InEach Person is a Universe,Emily Lacy describes herself asrelentless like the oceanregardless like the word.This cathartic moment is one of many on the home-recorded Newsworthy New York Tapes.

Though calling the bigger national cities (NYC, LA) home, the folk singer-songwriter will make an appearance in downtown Davis Saturday, performing with Blue Cranes (Portland) and Fine Steps (San Francisco).

Newsworthy is magical, romantic and woven with strings as delicate as silkreminiscent of Mirah’s work with the Spectratone International. Lacy doesn’t sing stories about bugs, but the nerve-calming orchestration of certain tracks recall the essential manner of Mirah’s arrangements.

Just when the mountain folk lullabies begin to take you under,Where Can I Seepicks up the pace in a Kimya-style with basic acoustic progressions and first person narratives.No Regrets,homage to ’60s French singer Edith Piaf, also contributes to a steady rhythm in the 15 tracks of the album.

While becoming a dream state, a soothing blurNewsworthy also serves as an invigorating story of diary entries.I Just Wanna Be Surelists a series of Lacy’s introverted goals: tolove someone,” “rise like the sunandclimb the mountain.The album was recorded in the privacy of her Brooklyn dwelling as well in the Catskill Mountains, explaining why it feels like such a metaphorical and geographical travel narrative.

The live performance opens an enormous door of possibilities given Lacy’s unique biography: A filmmaker, writer, painter, teacher and lover of intimate shows in art spaces, living rooms and subways.


Give these tracks a listen:Each Person is a Universe,” “Where Are All the Crystals

For fans of: Mirah, Vashti Bunyan, The Finches


– Nicole L. Browner



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