Dear Reader – I Know You Can Hear It

Dear Reader, the name of South African musician Cherilyn MacNeil’s, latest tune I Know You Can Hear It spans that liminal space between light and dark, warm vocals and cold themes, clear lyrics and maddening topics. It’s taken from upcoming album Day Fever, (due to drop on February 24th 2017 via City Slang), which was slow in coming as her first in four years, but recorded in a speedy ten days in San Francisco with John Vanderslice. The album title is an anarchic euphemism for hysteria, and the playful dancing around of I Know You Can Hear It, lingers on the threshold of familiar melodic trajectory before shifting away to something altogether atypical evokes a sense of being adrift. Guazy and exposed, it’s quite magical how she manages to sound so raw even with a ten piece orchestra, and there’s a delicacy to her work, despite a cryptic sense of apparent vulnerability.

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