Brooklyn, NY songwriter Sondra Sun-Odeon, formerly of rather forgettable psych-rock outfit Silver Summit, makes music to soundtrack deep-sea expeditions and sepia-toned seances; it is fluid, piercing, as fugitive as it is affecting. Sun-Odeon’s most recent LP, last year’s phenomenal Ætherea, put forth a more concrete version of the elusive and atmospheric drone-folk artists like Grouper and Tiny Vipers have spent years working to perfect, though the album is bathed in a similarly new-age-y sheen. Awash with mournful cello strings and perfectly plucked nylon guitar and centered firmly on Sun-Odeon’s haunted vocals, the record is full of background music for folks to whom background is the most important thing. It’s gorgeous stuff.
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