Mi and L'au | Review

Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh | Ed Masley

The female vocals here are gorgeous, just breathy enough to lend this duo's understated chamber-folk an ethereal edge while retaining an earthy emotional kick. But that's all out the window when her boyfriend sings. Or most times anyway. He sounds OK on "A World in Your Belly," a song that effortlessly conjures images of Sigur Ros, but too often his vocals interrupt the carefully constructed mood of the prettier tracks here, from the haunting lead-off cut "They Marry" to the string-fueled meditation "Older." Michael Gira produced and keeps things relatively spare and intimate on most tracks, an approach that only makes it that much more effective when the strings and other instrumental flourishes come in on "A Word in Your Belly" or "Andy."