Amy Millan - Masters Of The Burial
(Arts and Crafts)
As a break from her work with Stars and Broken Social Scene, Amy Millan has created a beautiful collection of warm, folksy tunes overflowing with well-polished brass and pedal steel guitar. The standout songs, though, are the ones that deviate from this lovely-yet-limited palette – and, incidentally, the ones in which Amy’s friends are most prominent. Jenny Whitely’s ‘Day To Day’ has only a drum machine and both women’s voices, and the single uptempo song here is a country-style cover of Death Cab For Cutie’s ‘I Will Follow You Into The Dark’. A fine album, then, if slightly misleading from the lone name on the cover.