Building Castles out of Matchsticks
Secret Land

[Trace, www.tracerecordings.com]

Canadian chanteuse Anne Sulikowski has been lingering with her musical projects for nearly a decade. Releasing a steady stream of albums under her moniker Building Castles out of Matchsticks, she has concocted whisper-quiet melodies. If there's one thing that immediately comes to mind when describing the music on her latest effort "Secret Land", it's dreamy. In fact, all along the project was meant to be Anne's very personal musical diary. In working with synthesizers, guitars, she's able to project her vocals clearly across in her music. Atmosphere that is laid out in this release is lush to the extreme. This is lushness that is trippy, hazy and mostly lethargic. When present, beats are intermittently woven into the fabric of the songs. I'm not exactly sure that I could even call these tid-bits songs. They could be better described as edits of Anne's wildly imaginative dream-world. I'm not sure if her dream world is scary or fun as most of the time, her words are obscured [my guess is, they're obscured on purpose]. Obscurity works wonders in hiding away her real intent. Let's face it, on a human level, absolute honesty in a song could be equal to suicide. Why would anyone want to share the most innermost thoughts and feelings and throw these out for all to see? With the cricket sounds surrounding my warm, fuzzy musical reality, I conclude that Anne is one brave soul. Unafraid to be honest in her intent and musically coming off as a soothing remedy, "Secret Land" is an altered-reality experience that is not to be missed.

- Tom Sekowski


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