No doubt comparisons will be drawn between Joanna Newsom’s vastly overrated Ys album and Mia Doi Todd’s new GEA. They’re both bent on applying their own modern classical ethos to the hippy folk format, and while neither proves anywhere near as successful at the exercise as the team of Nick Drake and Robert Kirby, Todd’s soulfully sung lovelorn vignettes, impeccably arranged by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, easily outclass Newsom’s overwrought folly that even the gifted Van Dyke Parks couldn’t salvage.
There’s a mature, easy-going sensuality to Todd’s delivery that hits you on a gut level and makes for a very compelling listen. This is one to cherish.
Mia Doi Todd opens for José Gonzalez at the Phoenix Saturday (March 15).