By The Waterhole - Two (CD Playdate Records)


Norwegian solo artist Eva Pfitzenmaier on her second album here assumes a kinda stripped-down approach to a setting forged from loops, minimal percussion pound and layered vocals veering between raw blues and breezy pop sheen. What makes this especially interesting is Evaís obvious aptitude for trying different sounds to buoy her beautifully voiced (and sometimes ravaged) poetry along. While a pop sensibility ultimately drives everything, the evident playfulness or sometimes even bold experimentation never strays too far from the proceedings. I never thought for a minute such avant-strained deconstructo-blues could still hold sway this century, but By The Waterhole make for a convincing enough statement to the contrary.  It might not be for everybody, of course, but Iím sure this would be almost perfect in a live performance. RJ