Lisa O Piu - Behind the Bend (3 stars)

Lisa O Piu - Behind the Bend

(Subliminal Sounds)

Swedish folk sorceress Lisa Isaksson first made our acquaintance via quality Scottish micro-imprint Autumn Ferment, who released her single, ‘Whisperers, Wavers...’ in 2008.

Since then she’s released a lovely debut album – 2009’s When This Was the Future (on Stockholm’s Subliminal Sounds) – and now this: more gentle post-summer folk wandering.
Drinking from the Espers’ well of prophetic, evocative psych-folk (although never quite reaching their potency) – and drawing on the timeless likes of Linda Perhacs, Bridget St John and Vashti Bunyan – this lingering six-track is finest on the balmy ardour of ‘Dreams of Ghosts’, and the pliable, lucid psalm of ‘Simplicity’.

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