Boomkat Product Review:
Combining elastic, heavily processed vocals and gorgeous harp passages, Sage Elaine Fisher's latest Dolphin Midwives full-length is like Mary Lattimore, Laurel Halo, Lafawndah, Portishead and Björk playing together in a small room.
Best known as a harpist, Fisher allows her instrument to take a supporting role on "Body of Water", exploring her voice and channeling it thru electronic pop templates that bend time and perception. Still, the moments where we get to hear the harp allow for much-needed breathing room: 'Fountain' is one of the album's most enjoyable tracks and simply features mostly unprocessed harp performance.
On tracks like 'Bloom' and 'Break' however, she contorts her voice thru experimental processes, obscuring words and phrases in synthesis, noise and looping phrases. The most obvious comparison would be to "Medulla"-era Björk, but Fisher's voice reminds more of Portishead's Beth Gibbons somehow. There's a smokiness to her tone that drapes unusually over electronic rhythms on more upbeat tracks like 'Night Vision' or 'Clearing'.