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Review: Alana Yorke 

Dream Magic (independent)

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Titled "The Wichita Years," Alana Yorke's opening track is a delicious entry point. A whirlpool of strings shows how ubiquitous Owen Pallett's influence has become. Yorke sings about a film inside her head, inviting random reverie. If she reminds you of a certain Irish priestess of the ethereal, then it's unanimous. Yorke's vocals are less adorned in electronics than Enya's were. Many may find this an improvement. Splatter drum sounds throb through "Start Over Again" and reference to the 1980s is inevitable. Layers of instrumentation beneath Yorke's piano become an ocean of sound. A brisk spoken segment in "Tonight" moves Dream Magic  further still from the new age pejorative. "Anthem" is an outlandish minuet-type melody that has caught on immediately. "Time Revisited" uses few words and vivid contrast that expand the capacity of Charles Austin's Echo Chamber studio well beyond indie rock, even if most of these folks began there.


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