On her debut album, the Aussie singer/songwriter skillfully laced elements of alternative country-rock and early rock into haunting indie folk vignettes. Smoky vocals, discontent, and a presence that was mature beyond her twenty-something years suffused the album with the character of a life hard-lived, a trait she took to the next level on her 2019 follow-up.
The program locates the intellectual origins of the American avant-garde composers Morton Feldman and John Cage in the music of Erik Satie. At the beginning is Feldman's 1967 masterpiece Rothko Chapel. The album reflects local roots for the Houston Chamber Choir (the Rothko Chapel resided there), a solid regional ensemble hitherto hardly suspected capable of the heights they achieve here.