The underplayed songs from Stina Nordenstrams The World Is Saved give the singer-songwriters mousy voice a lot more room to show itself than it needs. In fact, except for a few scattered notes, its rare to hear her do anything other than sound like someone trying to keep others from listening in on her conversation. Nevertheless, the hushed voice is hypnotic in that way blinking Times Square billboards are, and before long youre staring off into ... somewhere. That non-voice, no matter how small she makes it sound, slowly, evenly weaves its way around the sparse instrumentation. Poetics aside and yes, Nordenstram can deftly dance her way in and around words the girl wont play live. More curious, her bio claims this to be her most hopeful work, though the songs are as hopeful as an Alzheimers diagnosis. Take Winter Killing, on which she sings, Youre safer with me here. Before you agree, though, ask her where here is.
Cole Hadden writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to [email protected].