Review: Lisa O Piu - Whisperers, Wavers, Hunters And Sailors (2008)


artist: Lisa O Piu
release: Whisper­ers, Wavers, Hunters And Sail­ors
format: 7″
year of release: 2008
label: Autumn Fer­ment
dur­a­tion: 9:01

detailed info: dis​cogs​.com.

This 7″ with the cute cover draw­ing - includ­ing squir­rels play­ing flute! - is the first release on James Reid’s Autumn Fer­ment label. This Scot­tish imprint focuses on altern­at­ive folk in many guises, and looks to be a prom­ising endeav­our. Lisa O Piu is a Swedish lady play­ing a recog­nis­able and pleas­ant style of singer/songwriter folk, and this single repro­duces two tracks from a highly lim­ited CDr on the Swedish Hör upp label.

The A-side is a nice uptempo track inter­weav­ing fin­ger­picked acous­tic gui­tar and vocals, with a touch of elec­tric gui­tar here and there. Like the cover art sug­gests, the music cre­ates a dreamy, nat­ural atmo­sphere. The B-side con­tains a more calm and mel­an­cholic track, which high­lights another side of Lisa’s music, which is not incred­ibly ori­ginal in terms of style, but which still man­ages to be expressed in a fresh and inter­est­ing own lan­guage. I feel a strong con­cep­tual vis­ion and world behind these songs, which makes these rel­at­ively simple songs fas­cin­at­ing.

As a single should be, Whisper­ers, Wavers… is short and sweet, and it is a prom­ising first release for both the label and the artist. Cer­tainly worth check­ing out if you enjoy altern­at­ive folk with a female voice.

Reviewed by O.S.

Track­list:

A. Whisper­ers, Wavers, Hunters And Sail­ors (4:13)
B. Equat­orial Changes (4:48)