Maxine Funke – Felt LP
For a decade, MAXINE FUNKE has cut an idiosyncratic path as a singer-songwriter, all the while avoiding the parochial retreads of that worn-out label. Funke’s music is intimate and deeply intelligent, buoyed by a sense of effortlessness that belies a scrupulous attention to the smallest of details. Felt appeared in 2012 in a vinyl edition of 100 on the Epic Sweep imprint. This album has an altogether more crepuscular feel, making slightly fuller use of the sonic palette—an increase in dissonance, errant drum rumbles, and nigh-ambient instrumental murmurings around which flow Funke’s basically perfect songs. The brevity, yet fullness, of the tracks and Funke’s unadorned if oblique arrangements lend a sense not of sketches but of fields of color, the sensation of late fall foliage glimpsed through the window of a quickly passing train.