Sarah June – In Black Robes

January 01, 1970

(Silber
Records)

 

www.silbermedia.com

 

Second
record from this Detroit bred/San Francisco based artist who records her
“goth folk” tunes in her apartment (she not only sings but plays all of the
instruments as well). June has a distinctive voice, reminiscent of Alison Shaw
of the Cranes and at times, Lisa Germano.  Most of the songs are June and
her acoustic guitar but with such sparse arrangements the music is full of
rich, moody sounds.

 

On
opener “Cowboy” a stuttering acoustic guitar spins intricate webs while June’s
voice grazes over the top while “Judgment Day” casts a bit of an eerie glow
over the proceedings mainly due to June’s haunting vocals and the gorgeous
guitar playing on “From My Window High” again is dark and moody but more
hopeful thanks to the heartfelt lyrics. Elsewhere, “Grand or Bitterness” has a
jazzy/beatnik vibe to it while “Paper Lantern” is pure folk. At times the record
can be a bit samey but that’s nothing a full band can’t change. You’ve done the
solo thing Sarah, now go on the hunt for other talented musicians like yourself
and bring on record number three.

 

Standout
Tracks
: “Cowboy”, “Crossbones in Your Eyes”, “From My Window High”, “Paper
Lantern” TIM HINELY

 

 

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