The lack of daylight in Sweden appears to be affecting wandering soul Wendy McNeill. Not that the Canadian prairie-raised solo artist was ever a ray of sunshine to begin with, but her new album is decidedly darker in tone than 06's The Wonder Show.
Of course, any music with the accordion as the centrepiece is inevitably going to feel melancholy to some degree, but McNeill, her voice quivering as she sings "she is torment / she is strife / she is beauty" in the coda of Lutetia can give you shivers. A wildly imaginative lyricist, there are moments of levity on Dreamer's such as The Sad Sssad Story Of Rosa Rabbit And Sasha Snake, about a doomed romance between serpent and bunny. But even that quasi-fairy tale leaves you solemnly lost in McNeill's world.
McNeill plays the Cameron House Friday (September 19).