Corrina Repp

I Take on Your Days

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A fragile and uncompromising mix of questioningly pained sentiments over solitary electric guitar lines and lonely piano notes, Corrina Repp's sophomore release is awash with starkly tuneful indie folk. The former State Flowers' guitarist channels the austere beauty of artists like Cat Power with the somber moroseness of the Velvet Underground, creating a statement of plaintively rhetorical songwriting. With softly cascading guitar or synth drones adding background texture, the songs communicate a certain heartbroken resolve, yet balance a determined defiance with a vague sentimentality. Positively crawling through the ten tasteful installments found here, the album is deceptively short at only 27 minutes, although the songs do well to fill up the time allotted and don't feel truncated in any way. Overall, Repp emerges as a deft communicator, effortlessly creating moods and casting textures in crafting a resoundingly cohesive personal expression.

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