Demetra’s “Lone Migration”

Produced by local go-to guy Matt Peters, Demetra Penner’s Lone Migration is a beautiful little album. I Am Written is the perfect tune to have on repeat while on a cold beach in October, while Forgiving Field showcases Penner’s gentle vocals. The disc is sparse, yet somehow lush, with instrumentation that is thick but subtle. Tiny acoustic guitars, pianos, organs and ukuleles adorn the record, all peppered with this local vet’s trademark ghostly call (think a sweeter Basia Bulat). At first listen, one could argue that what this disc is lacking is diversity, but once the layers are peeled away, the listener can hear how much is actually going on. Album closer Hold Me Close is a lullaby to your newborn as much as it’s a song for the lovers, making this an incredibly satisfying and dreamy little disc.

Published in Volume 66, Number 11 of The Uniter (November 9, 2011)

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