Lisa Germano | Reviewmelodic details waft like curls of smoke October 18/06
Lisa Germano's music has always been defined by hushed languor--her breathy, sibilant vocals make her sound like she's trying not to wake a baby in the next room. On her latest album, In the Maybe World (Young God), melodic details waft like curls of smoke from the lean, keyboard-driven arrangements of her beautiful lullabies. But as usual, her words starkly contrast with the music's prettiness. Nobody else rhapsodizes about misery with such dedication: "It seems a little safer / Up in empty space," she sings on "Moon in Hell," and "Into Oblivion" is about a place she'd like to go. Sometimes when I listen to her records I wish I could tell her to snap out of it, but there's no denying that she thrives on defying logic and better judgment--when she sings, "Fuck you / Go to hell / I love you," it seems to make perfect sense.