Unlike a lot of aspiring pop singers, New Buffalo's Sally Seltmann possesses a clear, ringing Joni Mitchell sort of voice that doesn't need to be bolstered by excessive bells and whistles.
So while her last LP, 05's Last Beautiful Day (Arts & Crafts), was arguably a more innovative album, mixing whimsical samples and Tinkertoy sounds into her sweet bedroom-folk songs, Somewhere, Anywhere actually does more justice to the gifted singer/songwriter's talents.
The songs are spare and calm, with muted acoustic guitar, chimes, strings and keys expanding in gentle ripples around Seltmann's gauzy voice. Where layers are needed, she creates delicate walls of backups using her own multitracked vocals - sometimes as a tiny pseudo-choir, as on opener Cheer Me Up Thank You, sometimes fading into textured soundscapes (the gorgeous You've Gone My Friend).
Seltmann's writing is more impressionistic than narrative, so her songs often feel more like the vague memory of emotional experiences than anything that sticks with you, but the detail on her piano-based ballads (see Versary) prove she's capable of sharp storytelling when the mood strikes.