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Measure, The Air Inside Our Lungs
Snow Day Music, Aug. 7

11/01/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Hooks count when a chick singer/songwriter puts out an LP in this post-PJ Harvey/Alanis/Ani world, and Brooklyn’s Laura DiStasi is well aware of it. Her voice is a half-whispered cross between Beth Orton and Dolores O’Riordan, her music big and catchy enough to stand up to Sarah McLachlan but not quite so commercially obeisant, which is part of the rules these days, of course, not that DiStasi comes anywhere near joke-band territory if you need such a point of order. If anything, this is sort of like U2 rebuilt as one of those moonbat Zooey Deschanel chicks, the hooks important-sounding and in-your-face but simultaneously gentle. I know for sure I — and you too, I guarantee it — have heard some of these hymn-like alt-rock chilldowns on reality shows and commercials (such as Pretty Liars, Melrose Place and whatever MTV reality show), every bit of it ringtone-level attention-span, instant poignancy, think Teen Mom when Boyfriend takes off in a huff leaving the mom to stare off into the distance for the camera, this sort of thing. A — Eric W. Saeger





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