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Boomkat Product Review:
Despite all indications otherwise, Anna Kashfi aren't from some swampy southern state in the depths of Bush's strong-hold - with their particular vein of Americana emerging from the not very American city of Manchester, Engerland. The collective noun for Sian Webley, James Youngjohns, Sarah Kemp and Peter Martin, Anna Kashfi make indie-flecked Americana that is as delicate as it is intricate - incorporating the usual themes of lost love, emotional hurt and the dark undertow of a disintegrating relationship. Fronted by the sugar-frosted vocals of Sian Webley, Anna Kashfi don't make the mistake of assuming hurt has to be dour - imbuing all their compositions with the glint of sunlight that signals better times ahead... Kicking off with 'Exit Wound', Anna Kashfi come across like Psapp collaborating with Mazzy Star or Sparklehorse, as a creaking cask of elements buoy Webley's gorgeous larynx, whilst mournful strings ebb gently at her feet. From here, 'About A Boy' rejects all wooly-hat references to deliver a folk-infused song that is so tender you think she's singing just for you, whilst the gorgeous 'Ash Ballad' takes a familiar melody (I just can't place it...) then wraps it in the kind of pink-blushed arrangement that will have you reaching for the Laura Veirs and Wilco comparisons. Bucking the mood, 'Loss Leader' (a collaboration with Gabe Minnikin) is an upbeat country number that brings to mind 'Ballad Of The Broken Seas', 'Whitworth Park' indulges further in the tape aesthetic of lo-fi Americana, whilst 'Dirty Dishes' sees you out with a blush of tenderly realised songwriting.