Boomkat Product Review:
Very intriguing and special solo debut from Sally Decker (née Multa Nox), minting her personalised dreamscapes on USA’s reliably curve-adjacent label, NNA - think the bittersweet tang of Teresa Winter, Jonnine’s enchanted blue hush, Félicia Atkinson’s textural detail, Graham Lambkin’s possessed sound art.
Dropping grit on the pineal gland, ‘In The Tender Dream’ yields 43 minute inside the mind of Evanston, IL’s Sally Decker, who used to be called Multa Nox, and now forms a deeply compelling character under her own name. Comparisons for reference aside, Sally is really out on her own plane of microcosmic enquiry, summoning a spectra of interstitial emotions from her swaying synths and a range of vocal guises altering from lo-fi whispers to cloistered spoken word, gently processed lathers and intimate, sisterly collaborations with Briana Marela (Swooning) and Emily Cardwell.
An album to genuinely get lost inside, the 10 tracks of ’In The Tender Dream’ evince a remarkable balance of confidence and vulnerability to Sally’s style, proving equally adept at mutant forms of hypnagogic pop as she is at dispensing bouquets of barbed distortion, and wickedly keeping us somewhere between edge of seat, sprawled and floating.
From sibilant start with ‘The Other Side’ and the thorny roil of ‘All Possible Realities,’ she lures into labyrinthine dimensions with the washed out hush of ‘The Loss’, which only make the harmonic colours of ‘Abode’ hit so much deeper after the bleakness. At the album’s core, her 10 minute title track really reveals her magic at its widescreen best, neatly contrasting with the precious minimalism of her collaboration with Briana Marela and Emily Cardwell, with the latter stages of ‘Endlessly’ possession an uncanny, hard to place feel recalling Teresa Winter’s brand of sorcery, and ‘Seen’ seeing it off with a perfectly contrary tract of needling distortion and warm amp hum, epitomising her descriptive, evocative instrumental tekkers.