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L.A.'s afro-futurist fantasy harpist/vocalist/composer Nailah Hunter returns with an EP of harp-fuelled cover versions (plus a bonus original composition available on the vinyl edition only) - recommended listening for fans of Joanna Newsom, Ayha Simone, Vashti Bunyan.
Nailah Hunter impressed last year with the poetic “Spells”, but on ‘Quietude' she re-interprets some of her favourite songs, beginning with Jeff Alexander's unfathomably moving 'Come Wander With Me’ - a song originally performed by Bonnie Beecher but later notoriously used by Vincent Gallo in the controversial "Brown Bunny". Here, stripped of its weird placement, it's never sounded more heartbreaking and magical.
Alongside a version of Donovan’s psychedelic x pastoral ‘Guinevere', Radiohead's 'Talk Show Host’ is turned into a more mesmerising sort of anthem, the cascading harp contrasting with Thom Yorke’s defiantly asymmetric lyrics, before Ginger Murphy’s cello extends the track into extra, extra+ widescreen dimensions. It sounds deceptively effortless and hugely effective - which is basically a perfect summation of the whole EP.