“The Eye In the Eye of the Storm”
Fans of shadowy dream-pop will be pleased to discover San Jose's Lady Lazarus, whose ephemeral music for voice and piano makes Grouper sound overproduced. "The Eye in the Eye of the Storm" barely fulfills the minimum conditions of song. The piano part could be a novice exercise: In 4/4 time, the left hand drops a sustained chord as the right climbs a C major scale-- eight consecutive white keys-- over and over. That's it. The vocal line comes and goes casually, without fanfare. The tape machine runs loudly nearby. These rudimentary qualities allow us to feel how deeply inhabited and intimately alone the music is. Her voice is lovely, and nothing is over- or undersold. With slight drags, hesitations, and lunges on the piano, she wrings emotional volumes from that endlessly cycling scale. Though it's left implicit, you can feel the turbulence all around it, like a blizzard at at window. It makes this moment of uncanny stillness a shelter you want to stay inside. It's really slight, and more than ample.
[From Mantic; due to be self-released Spring 2010]