Boomkat Product Review:
The debut album by Danielle Stech-Homsy came about from a series of experimental folk compositions written on a ukulele, eventually finding an outlet via Devendra Banhart's Gnomonsong label in 2007. Artists like CocoRosie's Sierra Casady and Vetiver's Andy Cabic made appearances, cementing her status within the ranks of the so-called freak-folk scene. Her new album Frontier is a distinct evolution, moving the songwriter's sound into more abstract dimensions thanks to atmospheric, electronically assisted productions and the sort of nocturnal, dreamlike feel you'd associate with Bat For Lashes. Stech-Homsy's more conventional songwriting instincts take a bit of a back seat on this album, often at the mercy of soundscaping gestures, as is the case on the rather brilliant 'The Diamond Wall' and 'Venus Of Willendorf'. Frontier is a complex and elusive body of work, striking up a finely judged balance between surreal electronic experiments and more tangible, earthly balladry. Recommended.