Sun’s Signature by Sun’s Signature Review – Sounds Worthy of a Powerful Pop Partnership | pop and rock
ALasting about half an hour, Elizabeth Fraser’s return is an album-like EP. Fraser’s gassy soprano arrived fully trained in the 80s in the Cocteau Twins. Since then, she has lent her instantly recognizable instrument to Massive Attack – her partner in life as well as Sun’s Signature, Damon Reece, played drums for them – but has not released her own body of work.
As you hope, Signature of the sun sounds like little else around. The duo fuses chamber music and trip hop, film soundtracks and Spanish guitar, dulcimers and vibraphones. Drawing inspiration from the natural world – water and air are named, birdsong is interpolated, Signature of the sun refers to “the fulfillment of a flower” – it’s an EP to fall into, like a swoon, its fine detail revealing itself over time. The seven-and-a-half-minute centerpiece, Apples, finds Fraser trilling at his most obvious Cocteau-y: offset by cloud-like production, the delicacy of his voice is not diminished by underuse. On the other hand, Make Lovely the Day presents a Fraser close to the microphone and crystalline accompanied only by guitar. These songs were born at the Meltdown festival in London ten years ago. with no current touring or recording plans, this EP is going to have to last. It’s up to this challenge.