Crystalline is a rare exhibition of the weight that minimalism can bear in contemporary, reflective folk music.
‘Little Dove’ blossoms with the slow, carefully thought-out addition of pianos, flutes, and most important of all, Clark’s emotive singing voice. A piece of poetry in and of itself, ‘Little Dove’ is an homage to innocence and truth.
Sounding somewhere between the pastoral folk of Meg Baird and the baroque chill of Judee Sill, Clark’s compositions are nothing short of beautiful. While [her] style and sound may have many roots in a deep well of excellent influences, she takes these familiar sounds and completely makes them her own. Her powerful lyrics combined with [their] deeply intimate arrangements and production style help to make every track here feel as though they are [parts of her] soul.
Enchanting… quiet, meditative ballads.
‘Begin’ is one of the most beautiful [albums] I’ve heard. Ever.”
Begin, [is] a gentle, graceful recording...a perfect album...for listening to around the house, preferably on cool, smoky mornings when the sun can’t make up its mind if it wants to poke its way through the clouds.
Her voice has an ethereal quality as if coming from a dream. Her songs are spare and poetic, often inspired by... images. She describes her style as ‘lyric-based folk music,’ If [so], it’s folk with angelic vocals washing over smooth edges.
Begin is a real delight. The instrumentation swirls like gentle eddies in the crystal clear flow of the vocals, plucked strings of guitar and banjo, piano and violin colour wash the spartan, sometimes haunting songs beautifully.
Unbelievably soothing vocal and dreamy instrumentation