lisa germano / magic neighbor reviewThe proof is all here; Germano is a musical genius who will always be a step ahead of the nextbig indie-rock chick
Michael Levine /Bust Magazine Dec./Jan. Issue
On her latest, Magic Neighbor, Lisa Germano evokes her early-90’s recordings, On the Way Down from the Moon Palace, and Happiness. A multitalented musician who plays the violin and the synth among other instruments, Germano opens her album with the fuzzy, dark track “To The Mighty One” and keeps her slow-motion, sleepy soundscapes lush and lyrical. Her poetics live somewhere between a love letter and a suicide note, like on acoustic rocker “Simple” when she sings, “Bitter and worn out girl/ No one feels sorry for you.” Her affection for spooky orchestration is brilliantly displayed on “Suli-Mon,” which features weird manipulated vocals; “Painting the Doors” has Germano collaborating with ambient musician Harold Budd for a dream-pop interlude. The proof is all here; Germano is a musical genius who will always be a step ahead of the nextbig indie-rock chick - whoever she may be.