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Covered In Black

Ortolan Audio CD

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1. Bottle's Broken
2. Holding This Fire
3. Votes Are In
4. Covered In Black
5. Surprise
6. Spring
7. Green Were The Days
8. You Don't Know
9. Above The Mountain
10. Miles

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RIYL: Like Joanna Newsom fronting The Shaggs, Oldies Radio… Precociousness always catches its observer off guard; we are witness to a stubborn incongruity, a disproportionate relationship between limited years and elevated levels of skill, insight, or vision. It confounds common experience, and we wonder. When Ortolan's debut album Time On A String was released in 2010, three quarters of the family foursome were yet under drinking age. Along with copious kudos given to the quality of the music and the maturity of the songwriting, every single review made mention of their age. Wonder indeed. What may be the greater marvel though, is when a nascent talent starts to grow into itself; when prodigious promise begins to deliver something beyond spectacle, when it begins to nourish those who are witness to it. Such is the case with Ortolan's latest, Covered In Black. The pulse at the heart of Ortolan's music has always been Stephanie Cottingham's voice, a curious combination of innocence, wisdom, and wit (all rare commodities in the greater landscape of popular music today). These beguiling qualities remain, but here her voice is imbued with a greater richness. The bandwidth of color, hue, and shade has widened; the reds are redder and the blues are bluer. Even more significant though, is Cottingham's development as an interpreter of her own songs. Her voice remains a thing to behold, but in the tradition of Kitty Wells, Etta James, or Emmylou Harris, she is becoming a storyteller. Each note is now is its own scene in a greater drama. Each vocal push and lilt tells of loss and love, fear and friendship. "And they are glorious, beautiful. Sounding a bit like She & Him might were they produced by Sufjan Stevens - to create a sort of She & She & She & She, they are four alt-pop Brontës who beam right into your stereo like a comforting aural torch you never need to buy batteries for." Drowned In Sound //

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