The FloatingHouse

Our World

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FloatingHouse's maiden effort is wistful folk-rock with a modern ambient rock edge, built around the high -- sometimes stratospherically high -- voice of Naomi Weiss. Comparisons to other upper-register folk-rock singers such as Judy Collins and particularly Sandy Denny will come to mind. Actually, though, she's more expressive when she gets closer to the mid-range than her highest soprano notes, which may be too operatic for some tastes. Collaborator Ryan Oba's songs are heavy on melancholy melodies and misty, elusive imagery, sometimes suggesting sirens cast adrift and wallowing in their wandering dislocation. It might find favor with listeners who wouldn't mind something on the order of a stripped-down, folky (at least at times) Cocteau Twins. "Understanding Love" was recorded live in 1999, and the final track (untitled and unlisted on the CD) sounds as if it was lifted from a seventh-generation demo cassette; both tracks are curious addendums to the otherwise polished production.

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