The third album by this Portland, Oregon, band is awash in the glorious shimmer of melancholy. Just as beauty and sadness come together in that resonant emotional state, so too these fourteen songs combine contrasting sonic possibilities. Singer Teisha Helgerson has a voice that is at once fragile and robust, with a crystalline clarity not unlike Aimee Mann’s. The writing is rich with melodies that could reduce strong men to tears, even if sung in a foreign tongue. Essentially an acoustic trio of guitar (Scott Weddle), bass (James Emerson), and drums (Helgerson), Amelia brings an arsenal of additional instruments to the table, as well as a host of supporting players, fleshing out the sound with judiciously deployed strings, clarinet, and all manner of keyboards. While the entire setting has a cabaret-like setting and volume, the band embraces everything from European cafe songs to gently experimental contraption-bolstered hijinks.
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