Boomkat Product Review:
Like an update of Lovely Music Ltd.’s avant-pop, NYC/Baltimore’s Sunatirene scratches a restless ambient dance pop itch with ‘Queen Sound’, her sweetly trippy debut for Berlin’s She Rocks! label
Gently bugged-out electronics and glistening melodies meet charmingly straight-played, naturally folksy vocals in 12 songs written and produced by Sydney Spann aka Sunatirene. Breezy with the sort of prevailing, psychedelic shimmer of early Julia Holter or Ka Baird, but also as elegantly loose as Maria Minerva’s slinky dance-pop or Laurel Halo’s imaginary hyperprisms, ‘Queen Sound’ yields a highly visual collection of arrangements and surreal scenarios linked by the “whetted femininity” of Sunatirene’s vocals and her absorbing, theatrically-set palette of samples and original, synthetic touches.
Opening with the Coil-like baroque whimsy of ‘Welcome To The Amber Inside Me’, her touch for textured, colourful synthesis really becomes apparent with the poetic sashay of ‘Knock Knock’, while ’Stay Safer Sister’ casts a mystic spell that appears to update Lovely Music-style avant-pop for her generation. ‘Tucked away at its core, big highlight ‘Cecily’ supplies a clear indication of her dancefloor suss with clipped, swinging Latin rhythms rendered with chirruping, pointillist avian melody, while ‘A rare Sound’ shuffles that formula to slower tempo with highly lysergic results, and the unsettlingly bittersweet balm of ‘Muttering, Fairly Dare’ follows in that vein with a mix of bleepy froth offset by whinnies and gurgling babies that half bucolic, half trippy, and ‘What Do I Know’ wraps up with twanging, discordant strings recalling Teresa Winter’s febrile, psilocybic dreams.