Boomkat Product Review:
Matteah Baim is best known as one half of Metallic Falcons, the lo-fi prog metal outfit she assembled with CocoRosie's Sierra Casady. As you'd expect from someone in that position she's been known to fraternise with a wealth of notable freak folk scenesters including Devendra Banhart and Jana Hunter, both of whom make contributions to this excellent album. The accompanying blurb bills this album as a 'type of New Age Grunge', and while that's not an entirely inaccurate by account, it hardly begins to do this album justice. Far from the ramshackle, makeshift sounds that characterised the Metallic Falcons album, "Death Of The Sun" shows a great deal of poise, with a characterful yet never overly eccentric recording sound. The haunting 'Wounded Whale' comes across like a ghostly Antony & The Johnsons, It's a piano-led, creeped-out ballad with a real sense of mournful romanticism to it. On an entirely different tack, the misty drones of 'Who Loves' are permeated by Devendra Banhart's idiosyncratic vocal, which evaporates almost as quickly as it arrives. The album comes to a conclusion with 'Up Is North' which initially sounds like some wispy psych folk record you found in an attic somewhere, only to kick in with a heavy beat and some fuzzy, acidic lead guitar. Baim's solo debut makes for a wonderful retake on the freak folk explosion and shows that she's ambitious enough to strive for something beyond that, finding her own very distinctive voice along the way. Recommended.