There’s something deeply unsettling about Part of You Pours Out Of Me, the debut album from Miss Emily Brown. Even though she’s got a gorgeous voice, the way she backs it up with slightly out-of-tune autoharps and ghostly-sounding music boxes makes it seem like you’re listening to some relic from a place other than this world. Throw in the fact she has a predilection for making baroque-tinged jazz-folk (see “She’s a Ghost In The House“), and you’ve got a reciple for one creepy album.
I should note, of course, that it’s not all spine-tingling. A track like “Love Don’t Come Cheap”, for example, is a fairly straightforward (and extremely lovely) duet, while the soft tones of album opener “Sleeping Lions” give little hint as to what’s in store for anyone who ventures any further in. But any warm and fuzzy vibes you may get from those tracks are more than offset by the aforementioned ghostly music boxes, with “Heirloom Interloom” and “Sadswan Interlude” coming out of nowhere to give you the heebie-jeebies, and “Alpaca Antique Robbery” ending up the album on such a haunting note that you’re not likely to leave Part of You Pours Out Of Me without feeling at least a little freaked out.
Of course, it’s a good freaked out, since once you get past the oddness of it all you’re still left with some outstanding songs. I’m not sure whether Miss Emily Brown is actually modern-day artist or if she’s really a vengeful ghost from the past (the songs below, from her CBC Radio 2 concert last December, would suggest the former), but whoever she is, she’s made an album worth checking out…though you might want to keep the lights on when you’re doing so.