Wooden Wand (3 stars)

WOODEN WAND

James and the Quiet (Institute)

INDIE/FOLK

Toning down from the eccentricities of his previous work, James Jackson Toth endeavoured to follow his muse and create something altogether different. Yet a style comparable to Devendra Banhart cannot be left unmentioned. Co-arranger and vocalist Jessica Toth, the secret weapon, emerges as the perfect foil to JJ Toth’s inimitable artistic voice. Together with Ranaldo (guitar, piano and vocals), Jessica wrote and fine-tuned the album’s exquisite harmony vocals and piano lines. JJ Toth, with more than a little help from his friends, has crafted a consistent and creative batch of songs that earns repeat listenings.

(Katherine Adam)

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