Fresh Kill: Sister Calypso – Bell Dagger
Welcome to the new weekly installment of Strawberry Tongue’s Fresh Kill, where new music by bands under the radar as well as more well-known bands, are given a look into.
This week we look into self described “los angeles-based musician [and] mayan archaeologist,” Sister Calypso and her album “Bell Dagger”. While musicians tend to shy away from categorization (and rightfully so), it is unfortunately the lexicon which music writers must employ. So lets get on with it.
Sister Calypso weaves an ethereal blend of folk instrumentation, heavenly voices, reverb laden tones and archaic sounds in this release. Right out the gates we are greeted with wistful arpeggios, multi-layered vocals and church bells in the minor-chord laden “Switch Blade & Crosses”
Tracks like “Riptide” continue to blur the line between the already blurred lines separating dream pop and ethereal wave music. “Something is different, but I can’t put my finger on it,” she sings, and although the lyrics in reference are about troubles in a relationship and personal issues which hold it back, I think the line is apt in describing my take on this album.
Allusions to All About Eve and Autumn’s Grey Solace (or even Azure Ray, though its a bit of a stretch) can easily be prescribed, but would be lazy. The truth is there is something here that is missing in so many of those other bands and musicians that ape those sounds, and that is heart and soul. The soaring vocals are no put on, and the beautiful down-trodden instrumentation is not put on simply for display, this is true pining, regretful and sadness shining through each track.