From the dark intensity of the opening instrumental track 'Decision', Anja McCloskey's debut solo album 'An Estimation' pitches itself precariously enough to both invite and intrigue the listener but not reveal all. McCloskey resists any temptation to show all her wares in the opening salvo choosing instead to let us unpick each facet of this charming curiosity.
Anja, a German/American living in Southampton (A very niche demographic) loves "the deep full sounds and quirky noises the accordion makes". This is completely, and lovingly, expressed on the album. Anja uses it as her focal point but, is cleverly never over indulgent with the instrument, ensuring its allure is maintained.
'An Estimation' mixes revolving guitar riffs with looping piano chords and creates joyous dances and brooding ballads. There are layered harmonies and schizophrenic passages of dark, deep notes that vie with high optimism ('Buddenbrooks') to create memorable and evocative tunes. There is romance by way of a love letter to Paris on 'Blinded By Blue' and slow, sombre, sorrowful violins on the aptly titled 'Quite Low'.
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