sumie

Unlike her sister, busy fronting electro-pop outfit Little Dragon or cooing over SBTRKT production, Sandra Sumie Nagano creates spare music. Tender and over-enunciated, Nagano’s vocal lines often seem to fill out these tracks with their presence, swallowing up the lightweight fingerpicking favoured by the Swedish songstress. However, this is an album whose main strength lies in that it glows like only the newest creations can – thanks, in part, to the production of composer and one half of A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Dustin O’Halloran, which is deft and enchanting.

At times ‘Sumie’’s textures can become all too familiar, and its relentless austerity too idealistic, but on tracks like lead single ‘Never Wanted to Be’ or ‘Later Flights’, where sheer artistic focus is bolstered with Sumie’s own brand of unassuming profundity, this is an album that can also be terribly (and beautifully) disarming.

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