Moving Panoramas Record Review
One (Modern Outsider)
Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Fri., Sept. 25, 2015
Transportive albums are rare. From the outset of the opening title track – where one becomes a number of singular independence and strength – the Austin trio lures the listener into an anesthetic dream of enveloping chords melting against hypnotic rhythms. Leslie Sisson's voice and guitar winds with patient urgency, the calculated shoegaze tension calling on her experience with Andrew Kenny (American Analog Set) in their short-lived group the Wooden Birds. "Radar" sinks into a reverb lull against the wanting "Tonight," while "Always" slowly pulls at the shimmering threads of a pillowy soundscape, simply but beautifully woven. "Magic" and "Word" open the backside with a heavier pulse and brief break from the drowsy waves as Sisson, bassist Rozie Castoe, and drummer Karen Skloss explore a broader range, but closing triptych "Please," "Believe," and "Harmony" settle back into the soothing flow. One rings evocative, emotive, immersive.