Pale Wire (Popscene)

Sunday, October 10, 2004


Basement Galaxy tipped me off to a new album called A Girl Called Eddy by New York City singer/songwriter Erin Moran.

It was recorded in Sheffield, England and produced by former Longpigs and Pulp guitarist Richard Hawley, who employed much of the same team that turned out last year's rainy-day classic Lowedges.

It's a sultry collection of simple songs. Moran's smooth voice curls up and hangs like smoke over Hawley's sparse arrangments.

Here's a free sample:

A Girl Called Eddy - "People Used To Dream About The Future"
Chrissy Hynde fans, Carole King devotees, Dusty Springfield nuts, Tori Amos lovers, Nick Drake addicts and all those who fell in love with Sea Change should take note. This is the melacholy pop fix you've been looking for.

This is the most amped up song on the album. It's all orch-ed out with strings and steez.

And I can't say enough good things about the album's packaging. The CD comes in a gatefold sleeve that looks like a worn out old LP cover.

It's reminiscent of all those great adult pop records of the AM era, and sounds better than most of them, too.