Ashley Paul's voice in the so-called experimental scene is a unique one. She has an aversion to electronically generated sounds. Considering that many of Brooklyn's major experimental outposts-- Issue Project Room, Roulette, Silent Barn-- trade in these exclusively, focus on material sources is significant. Equally striking is the fact Paul binds vocals and acoustic instruments with songcraft, considering the pervasive predilection for abstraction. In practice, this amounts to essentialist melodies, self-harmonies, and off-the-cuff orchestration which blends timbres ranging from droning to tiney. Dream logic reigns on Line the Clouds. Often the most poignant elements seem incidental, be it an amp buzzing in the background or the wind that precedes tone from a woodwind.
Line the Clouds is out now on REL Records.