Danish singer/songwriter Tina Dico has an extensive catalogue already – though Whispers is her return to the stage (and recording) following marriage and starting a family. A busy and happy time and now the best album of her career, the one most likely to take her – more fully – to the world stage, to introduce her to a new audience.
There’s a country lilt to Someone You Love that should please Tiny Ruins fans – the way Dico takes folk/ish ideas and tropes and bends them to suit her own version of gothic Americana should have broad appeal, As Far As Love Goes trumps anything Lana Del Rey has ever tried – and yet even the comparison, or suggestion of a vague similarity, could serve to dilute the weight and worth of Dico’s songs here.
Opener, The Woman Downstairs, might see her more in line with Laura Marling and though there’s less of a strident yearning in her sound – the voice calmer, gentler; no head full of bees – there is plenty here for a Marling fan to cling to. But also Lykke Li’s recent album is a touchstone – for much of this feels like the stripped-back version, the sketches, the same images but a different medium used to convey them – that dramatic/torch element but here it’s served as gentle fingerpicking (Mines) or staggering, punch-drunk country gem (the title track); the Marling feel returns for You Don’t Step Into Love and (perhaps a logical influence from there is that) there’s something of the very early Joni Mitchell in Old Friends.
Dico’s voice is a huge part of the sell her – but the songs, perfect snapshots, complete the picture. A wonderful record this. You should hear it.