Naima Bock’s debut solo outing switches the neo-psych splintered post-punk of former outfit Goat Girl for sylvan folk, sitting within the earthen legacy of luminaries such as Nick Drake and Pentangle. She channels an upbringing divided between the UK and Brazil to paint a raw collage, wispish balladry giving way to Latin intersections (‘O Morro’) - genre sidestepping and technical continuity shared with the band she co-founded. ‘Giant Palm’ straddles as such between worlds, ‘Toll’ in its impish flute flights and acoustic brushes treks through an ephemeral wonderland, whereas the classical strings of ‘Dim Dum’ and jazz tinted ‘Working’ lend weight to the album’s darting identity. Naima invests the past and present into her songwriting, self-reflective moments meeting free-spirited Laurel Canyon-hitching vibes of tracks such as ‘Campervan’, while ‘Instrumental’ serves as a reminder of the musicianship on display; the blast of sirens and faint ambience of modern life invading at times among a string of smoky sax and piano. As a debut, ‘Giant Palm’ situates itself in a specific tradition without being constrained by convention - finding a voice in ten tracks that occupy their own lifeforce, almost set in motion by the elements.
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