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Satire-Laden Melodies (Screaming Galaxy Records)

By: Scott D. Lewis

Man, I hate Stoli, but just love Stolie. The former is the vodka and the latter is one of the most adventurous and intriguing singer-songwriters I've ever had the pleasure of hearing. Growing by leaps and bounds since her previous, folk-based, self-titled album, Stolie has entered the realm of the beguiling. Satire-Laden Melodies opens with its title track (given an acoustic treatment near the album's close), which is all slinky, sexy and rides atop a trippy beat loop. Kind of like Poe on opium - heady stuff. Next, Stolie slips into something more summery with "Table," a glistening, drifting pop gem powered by some kooky electronics and Stolie's airy, innocent coos. After an epic-leaning, distorted guitar into, "Up to the Highlands" reveals itself to be an intoxication fusion of hip-hop street cool and buzzy rave-hall trance. This Stolie goes to the head faster than Stoli. While a couple of her previous folkie-yolkie tunes are thrown into the mix, possibly to remind listeners where her base is, it's the electronically-fortified fare that is the most satisfying and filling. Maybe Satire-Laden Melodies is what modern folk music sounds like when it decides to get dressed up and feel sexy, of perhaps it is simply the sound of Stolie finding her sound. Pour me another shot, please.
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