artist: Lisa O Piu
release: Whisperers, Wavers, Hunters And Sailors
year of release: 2008
label: Autumn Ferment
detailed info: discogs.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.
A. Whisperers, Wavers, Hunters And Sailors (4:13)
B. Equatorial Changes (4:48)