Reverieme is the alter ego of Scottish singer-songwriter Louise Connell. She has toured with Emmy The Great, and occupies a similar territory in storytelling pop, with strong lyrics and pretty vocals. The cover of Connell’s new album, Straw Woman features one half of her face in normal makeup, the other in heavier a Day of the Dead style facepaint. It’s a pretty decent analogy for the mix of sounds that make up this record. Her voice is very lilting, and some songs are delicate, like Fairy Stories the twinkly Venus but others, like Nocturnal Babe hint at a rockier, heavier influence. The standout track is Everyone Else, which has the kind of lush string arrangements that recall Nick Drake or Vashti Bunyan.
Sure is the kind of catchy indie pop fayre that is ripe for syndicating on a US TV show (hello, Gilmore Girls) and has an infectious chorus that shows of her impressive vocal range. There is pretty much a tune to suit any mood on this album. Plankton is beautifully melancholic, the soundtrack to the sort of day when all you want to do is shelter from the outside world. All Up To Me is sadder still, “You can’t force me to stop this, and you can’t understand” over a haunting Tanya Donnelly-esque backing vocal. Straw may not be the sturdiest subtance, but there’s a strong troubadour spirit on this record.
Straw Woman is out now on 9th Story Records.by