Featured Album: Snow & Voices
SNOW & VOICES – SNOW & VOICES (Bird Song)
City of Angels resident Lauri Kranz has a couple of forgotten solo albums under her belt; her new act Snow & Voices should not, in any just world, suffer the same fate. Kranz’ songs of exceptional beauty are aided by quietly quality arrangements from multi-instrumentalists Jebin Bruni and Buddy Judge, and abetted with crystalline production from Nigel Godrich’s engineer Darrell Thorp, all of which helps lift tracks like ‘A Dream Of Happiness’ and ‘You Are Beside Me’ from bed-sit ballads to potential AAA radio hits, or at least good company for fans of Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan. But while Lauri’s voice shimmers with the quality beloved by soft FM stations everywhere, it never turns saccharine; and though the grand pianos and synthesized string sections follow conventional patterns of dynamics, Snow & Voices remains anything but predictable. The gorgeously sad ‘Goodnight New York’ (name-checked in a previous HitList) offers up a tender view of the Manhattan skyline, while the dirty sultry rock of ‘In Pieces Through The Door’ clarifies that Snow & Voices is an indie act at heart. Finally, proving that great songwriters are never scared to tackle great songs, Kranz offers a stripped-to-the-soul reworking of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go Your Own Way’. Stevie Nicks never sounded so naked.