I’m excited to see that Aussie songwriter Grace Cummings is back with a new record today. Her last, Refuge Cove, was a tumultuous bout of folk anchored by Cummings’ tempest of a voice. From the opening moments of “Heaven” it’s clear that she hasn’t tempered her approach, launching wind-torn epithets of hopelessness that feel almost accusatory in their delivery. Cummings sings over clashing guitars and dramatic piano pounds, but as the magnetic video proves, it’s Grace that is the undeniable vortex in all of here works. Her presence proves as hypnotic as her voice and the spare clip doesn’t lack for any draw despite it mostly winding up a stare down between the artist and the camera. With a dash of sorcery, Cummings unveils her new work and build the already high hopes for a sophomore LP even higher. She makes a move from Flightless to their effective US partner, ATO for this album, pushing her profile higher than before. As excited as I am for Storm Queen, which arrives January 14th of next year, I’m hoping that the label move might also mean her debut gets a reissue as it was almost impossible to find outside of Australia in its small run. Put this one atop the list for the most anticipated albums of ’22.
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