Singer-songwriter Karla Kane takes time away from The Corner Laughers to come up with a delightful solo album.
If you are familiar with The Corner Laughers’ late 80s-channeling twee pop, perhaps you might be a little surprised with King’s Daughters Home For Incurables as Kane mines pre-rock ‘n’ roll eras for her memorably sophisticated material.
This Californian musician channels traditional English folk music and music hall influences in “The Wishing Tree”, “Skylarks of Britain” and “Don’t Hush Darling”.
These whimsical retro-pop exercises recall similar examples from the likes of Paul McCartney and Andy Partridge, while Kane’s folky adventures are reminiscent of 70s English bands like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span.
There are modern hipster-ish touches with the liberal use of the ukelele on the title track and “Midsommar”, which might appeal to younger audiences.
An accomplished effort!
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