lisa germano / magic neighbor review
montreal gazette / jordan zivitz
Germano inhabits a dream world - one that moves in slow motion, often populated by hazy apparitions.
LISA GERMANO / Magic Neighbor
by Jordan Zivitz
october 2 / 2009
Lisa Germano inhabits a dream world - one that moves in slow motion, often
populated by hazy apparitions. But Magic Neighbor is more lucid, less alien,
with arrangements that aren't as likely to drift in and out of focus. If
that means Germano's addictively narcotic atmospheres are downplayed, it
also means her intimacy is even more heightened than usual. Her lullabies
for troubled souls remain meant for lights-off seclusion, and there are
still fantasyland touches (Simple's off-kilter merry-go-round soundtrack is
simultaneously comforting and worrisome). But there's also a renewed
emphasis on Germano's warm violin, and Snow's glacial piano is typical of
how she can release cascades of emotion from just a few delicate notes.