(05 July 2003) Margaret Far, who also appears on the Delerium
album Chimera (revew),
has released her own solo debut album entitled Daytrip (Middlechild Music (USA) 6699106 21721, 2003).
Stylistically, Margaret's voice falls somewhere between the
open-toned and lush singing of Moya Brennan and the sensual
crooning of Sarah McLachlan.
Margaret has that wonderful ability to eliminate most of the
vibrato from her voice--somewhat in the traditional Irish
sean-nos style--instead stretching each note honey-like over
scintillating soundscapes. She has influences that include
Kate Bush, Bjork and Peter Gabriel. Touches of these influences
appear in Daytrip. However, the album is entirely novel.
Margaret served as the album's co-producer, writer, instrumentalist
and vocalist--quite a significant undertaking for such a young
artist--and the results are spectacular.
The songs on Daytrip range from the drum-and-bass-y ("Half Man
Half Horse") to the jazz-sprinkled ("I Dwell in Possibility") to
the creamy ballad ("In All Your Love"). Exceptional tracks on the album
include the dense and ambient "Will I Drown" which utilizes sparse rythmic
elements, and sonorous synths to perfectly compliment Margaret's languorous
The tender "Take My Hand" is a serene and dreamy number that slowly
pulses with elegant intensity. Stirring lyrics contribute heavily to
the album's overall success. On "Little Blue Room," Maragret
expertly moves from simple piano and vocals in the verses to
multi-layered Enya-esque majesty in the chorus. The result is
a hymn-like slice of heaven. The closing track "Sing me to
Sleep" is a fantastic finisher that calls to mind Sarah McLachlan's
"I Love You."
"Daytrip" creates a wonderful sense of well-contentedness as if
the listeners ears are being brushed with diaphanous gauze. With
Daytrip, Margaret Far has shown herself to be a potent
singer/songwriter. We look forward to what this new voice may
create in the future.--Justin Elswick
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Margaret Far is emerging as a vocalist to be followed. Clearly worth a journey, this album is a very nice listen!