Claire Dickson’s “Starland”

The music on Claire Dickson’s new recording, “Starland,” was conceived on a tall ship anchored in the Arctic Circle, where the dialectic between desolation and endless possibilities is truly otherwordly. Using sequencers, multi-tracking and plenty of air space, and moving gracefully from ambient to melodic, wordless to poetic, her songs evoke a sense of place and a plethora of sentiments and states: melancholy, solitude, vivacity. Dickson’s breathy, elastic voice dances around the sonic icebergs, creating a soundscape that defies categorization. Jazz? Pop? Experimental? We can’t say precisely. But we’re sure “Starland” is one of the most interesting, addictive song cycles we’ve encountered.

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