Dead Relatives (dead daisy records) Rating: NNN
The sombre tone cloaking Toronto singer/songwriter Emm Gryner's new release suggests that prolonged exposure to highfalutin rock chameleon David Bowie hasn't prompted our girl to outfit her songs in snappier duds. She continues to depend on her interior dialogue for source material, entirely comfortable with confession.
Though most of the compositions here are downcast, presented with piano and voice, the effect is strangely powerful. Dead Relatives is hardly a record you'd spin at a convivial dinner party, but it's a powerful listen alone with a glass of wine. All that plus Summerlong revisited and insightful song notes in the booklet. KH