Multi-instrumentalist Ashley Paul straddles the lines between free jazz, post-punk, and shoegaze on her latest record, I Am Fog. The first single from the album, “Escape,” is draped in a grey-skied countenance, not perhaps as mournful as the recent works of Alison Cotton, but still seething with a sadness that’s hard to shake much the same. Her sax and clarinet scratch at the listener, an insistent ache that’s offset with her more austere vocals. It’s a duality of countenance and composure — the mask and the torment underneath. With the same off-kilter insistence as RSTB favs J. McFarlane’s Reality Guest, “Escape” digs into the top layer of the psyche to expose the wounds beneath. Her new album is out June 15th from Orange Milk.
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