US - California - Full Moon 100 - 11/26/04
This is a haunting and mysterious debut from singer/songwriter Alu. Her sound is dark and cinematic
and the lyrics disturbing but acute. "Aspyxia" talks of a wasteland. The sound of someone breathing
through a gasmask echoes ghostly in the background.
"Ghostdream" is a dreamy and sweetly chilling song. Alu's seductive vocal balances atop an electronic
backing. There are shades of Portishead at their peak and Tricky's urban paranoia. "Confessions
to the Undertaker" is weirdly evocative with its talk of seeing ghosts in the graveyard.
"Big Box Little Box" is a dub-influenced song with a strong rhythm underpinning it. "Stigma"
considers love in these troubled times. "Infect me with
your disease", she sings, echoing The The's cries to "Infect
me with your love". It becomes a chilling echo of our times.
This is a remarkable and accomplished debut.
Copyright © 2004 Anna Maria Stjärnell