Thursday, August 16, 2007

Alina Simone



Download: Alina Simone – “Black Water”
Download: Alina Simone – “Saw-Edged Grass”

She's already earned plaudits from publications like Pitchforkmedia, Magnet, The New Yorker, and Time Out New York, and for good reason. Alina Simone's songs, driven by her razor voice, are heart-stomping marvels. She puts it out there in the manner of the early non-Starbucks-y Cat Power/PJ Harvey with a little of that Sleater-Kinney swagger, but she has her own voice, though. Her voice and guitar sit impossibly high in the mix, with every note hanging there naked for maximum efficacy. This album, Placelessness, is something else...it really cuts deep. This Ukrainian-born, North Carolina-based NYCer is a real discovery and I really see good things on the horizon. It's just undeniably good. Listen to "Black Water"--that thing is a smoker.

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