Italian-born singer-songwriter holds no surprises on expertly crafted second effort

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Emma Tricca - 'Relic'

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Emma Tricca – ‘Relic’

‘Relic’ is not a word that normally brims with positive connotations, but it seems a wholly appropriate title for this second album from Italian-born, London-based singer-songwriter Emma Tricca. Sounding like some sort of pre-psychedelic artefact that’s been excavated from a dusty Greenwich Village loft, possibly on reel-to-reel tape, the album’s hushed coffee-house melancholia holds no stylistic surprises, but its trump card comes in the form of Tricca’s own porcelain-doll voice, fragile and childlike, which casts songs like ‘Sunday Reverie’ and ‘The Painter’ in the folksy gloom of half-remembered times gone by. It’s nothing you won’t have heard before – the clue, after all, is right there in the title – but hearing it done as well as this is rare indeed.

Barry Nicolson

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Record label:Finders Keepers
Release date:21 Jul, 2014