Mary Epworth, where did you come from?
Straight out of the 1960′s west coast psychedelia, that’s where.
“Dream Life” was released this month after almost 5 years of promotion and exhaustive tooling around the concert circuit. What has come of all that effort is a big, dark, oddly-retro-without-being-retro experience. I say experience rather than album, because the music is so atmospheric at times, that it’s hardly containable. The album opens with “Long Gone”, which I find hard to describe without using words like “epic” and “grand”.
Then she shifts into “Black Doe”, which is a very hard, dark tale.
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The rest of the album seethes with a sound from long ago, yet tinged with strangely modern sensibilities. “Dream Life” is the culmination of one woman’s devotion to record a debut album that really makes an impact. No hype, no marketing machine. Just talent, drive, and very good timing.