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Aoife Frances Nessa - Land Of No Junction LP

Aoife Frances Nessa - Land Of No Junction LP

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Land of No Junction is an album from Irish singer-songwriter Aoife Nessa Frances. Centred around her beautiful voice and lush band arrangements co-produced with Cian Nugent, the album is certainly psych-inflected. With plenty of mellotron, driving bass lines, reverby vocals and even string arrangements, it recalls a less abrasive rethinking of Broadcast.

But I also find myself continually reaching for the label of “folk” to describe this record, but it doesn’t feel accurate or entirely adequate. It’s folkish in the sense that there’s craft that’s gone into the songwriting and some fingerpicked guitars but without the kind of fallback on ‘authenticity’ or Americana that the genre label so often signals. In this psych-folk manner there’s moments that feel like they approach Nico or (perhaps at a stretch) a truncated Grateful Dead. An album that sits comfortably alongside other great recentish releases by Cate Le Bon, Mega Bog, and Sweet Whirl. -Mitch