Lithuanian singer-songwriter Johanna Glaza gracefully returns after a three-year break, with a sound that boldly breaks new ground and certifies the folk artist’s forthcoming debut album as a contender for breakthrough of the year.
‘Space Mermaid’ takes influence from modern times and vintage eras; enchanting Kate Bush progressions steady and reshape the arrangement continuously, a lightness of touch echoes a Vashti Bunyan-esque calm, and a giddyness of character infuses a glimmering of Joanna Newsom. Even though there are obvious influences apparent in Glaza’s music, this is in no way a disservice to Glaza’s own virtuous creativity.
In fact in the space of time which Glaza has been away from the public eye, she has sculptured a daring rebirth – folktronica now at the core of her compositions, this new style provides great nuance and chances for unusual programming to further grasp at a glitched counter-melody, that sensors Glaza’s great emotive voice into even more fantastical climes.
This is poetic expression – fuelled by symbolism and a dear attachment to the nature world.
‘Space Mermaid’ features on Johanna Glaza’s forthcoming debut album ‘Wind Sculptures’, due for release 29th September 2017.
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