Limited Sight Distance

Limited Sight Distance

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Those who heard Stefanie Fix (formerly Stefanie Gleit) performing solo gigs on the East Coast in the '90s and early 2000s knew her to be a singer/songwriter with introspective lyrics and a folk orientation -- in other words, someone who would be perfectly at home performing at Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair festival or opening for Ani DiFranco. There were countless female singer/songwriters who played the East Coast coffee house/folk/acoustic music circuit in the '90s, and Fix was among the more noteworthy. But this 2002 release is a major departure from Fix's folk-oriented solo output. The self-titled debut EP by her band, Limited Sight Distance, (LSD) is best described as moody, spacy, alternative pop/rock with psychedelic leanings. Radiohead is an obvious comparison; one can also hear how Fix and colleague Kevin McMahon (who produced and engineered the disc in addition to playing guitar) have been affected (either directly or indirectly) by Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane (as opposed to Jefferson Starship), and late-period Beatles. The Fix who wrote tracks like "Maybe," "Cynical Eyes," and "So Much Trouble," is a harder, more rocking, more amplified vocalist than the Fix who recorded Footprints in the Sky (her first solo album) in 1996, and Survival in 1999 and 2000. Fix sounds equally comfortable in this totally different environment. And why shouldn't she? Those who love to pigeonhole artists might have a hard time believing that a folkie could be creatively successful as a psychedelic-minded alt-rocker, but truth be told, there is no reason why Fix should confine herself to one style of music. The main thing that LSD's material has in common with Fix's solo work is a strong sense of melody -- although Fix is rocking harder than before, she maintains her melodic leanings on LSD's generally promising debut.

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