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Maria Somerville

All My People

Rush Hour

Released: 14th June 2019



Shimmering into aural view, Dublin's Maria Somerville's All My People begins like every lovelorn emotion you've ever had mixed up into one cocktail. Somerville's songs are pulled along with a compelling undertow, an immaculately produced soundscape that contains deep bass pull and swelling walls of reverby chords. Her voice, a close-mic'd wonder that's largely stripped of embellishment to reveal a confident instrument comfortable in its own space, is a constant companion through out the record.
Much of the tonalities on All My People feel like a Twin Peaks / early Shoegaze / Mazzy Star study in atmospherics, a thin gauze of wonder placed across delicate songs that are snippets of emotional states hard to pin down but evocative nonetheless. There's a subtle drama through out between the use of almost Grouper-esque reverb and obfuscation combined with the slow march of Somerville's song structures. We love this record.