SALLY DOHERTY AND THE SUMACS, "SLEEPY MEMORY"
Originally released in 1998, the international distribution through World Serpent begins this week.
Some might recognize Sally from her membership in bothL'Orchestre Noir and Sol Invictus. On this, her first release, Sally'sgentle and gliding voice blankets a small ensemble consisting of doublebass, cello, violin, harp and most prominently, piano. While Ipersonally hate to drop others names or comparisons, this CD couldeasily be an comprehensable and vocally trained Elizabeth Fraserfronting The Johnsons. The music is soothing and the production isflawless. It's brief enough at under 45 minutes, but is full enoughwith 13 shining songs. I imagine Doherty certainly should be a hit withthe Serpent crowd, but with any luck it can most definitely cross somegenres.