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'leche' - the new full length from new york's meredith godreau under her gregory and the hawk pen name - demonstrates the distance she has travelled from the gentle, pop-inspired roots of her earlier material, yet her peerless grasp of head-bobbing rhythms, ear-piquing hooks and eccentric, otherworldly noise snippets clearly, wonderfully, remains. even from first listen, this is clear in the record itself. from the graceful, instrospective hum and teary-eyed male / female harmonies of 'a century is all we need' to the harp-laced, baroque-esque string textures of 'landscapes', via the sudden explosion of upper-range vocals of 'over and over', this is not a record that stays within one confined compositional bracket for too long, nor is it a record that invites easy comparison points, yet there is something homely and familiar to it. perhaps this is godreau's breathtaking singing voice, or perhaps it is because her songwriting is so expertly textured and deliberated.
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