But Emily Arins Patch of Land bursts through those categories and creates a mesmerizing album that cant be pinned down.
Her instrument is the acoustic guitar, and she sings in a haunting tone that falls just south of soprano. Her songs incorporate modern singer/songwriter, folk, 50s pop, country, waltzes and more. The whole album is approached with a crisp, clear-eyed production, which makes each element of the sparse arrangements stand out. Its very, very clear what shes playing; its just not really clear what genre shes playing.
It really doesnt matter once you hear it, however. From the wistful opener Say to the uniquely tender Sweetly Breathe to the stark beauty of closer Lyles Light, theres not a bad tune in the mix. Arin will hook you immediately, but it may take a while to figure out what it is that has drawn you. Even if it takes several listens to wrap your head around the songs, her charms are inescapable. You will be baffled, awed and calmed all at once. Stephen Carradini