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His Name Is Alive – “Firefly Dragonfly EP ” – [Acuarela Discos]

Thurston Hunger   4/1/2008   A Library, CD

His Name Is Alive, but her voice is ethereal. For this EP,
Warren Defever has Andrea Francesca Morici (aka Andy FM)
on vocals for the first three tracks. Her super subdued
singing on the first three lingers like the breeze on the
fourth and final opus, even in her absence. The music here
was written by wind chimes (well and Sufjan Stevens for the
initial cover), a swaying easiness emanates. Defever also
gathered some garden gnomes, including Jessica Bailiff to
help construct a lush, live-to-tape vibe in DeFever’s living
room, in Michigan in January 2007, still there’s a warmth
here that is undeniable. Chilali on the harp also helps
with the earth ascending aura. The album ends with a piano
vibrating like a single blade of grass atop a hill in the
spring and then faint wood block rustling. Andy’s vocals
are often gently doubled, either with dubs or distant
background vox…not sure what the color of reassurance
is, but this album is bathed in its hues. Acoustic guitar
hangs like vines on the first three tracks, the album
also features bowed bass or “shruit box” or some device
that is hummmming the universal frequency like a holy
harmonium.

-Thurston Hunger

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