The pure and haunting voice of Halifax singer/songwriter Alana Yorke has elicited comparisons to Kate Bush and Enya. On her striking debut album Dream Magic, she conjures evocative soundscapes around her vocals and fluent piano playing. Yorke co-produced the album with key collaborator/keyboardist Ian Bent, while mixing by top engineer Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire) captures the sonic grandeur, as on first single "Anthem" (already well-played on CBC). A press release accurately describes the album as "sparkly synth-pop, grand cinematic gestures, and stripped-down intimacy". It is a potent combination, and there is already a buzz building around the disc.
Yorke plays the In the Dead of Winter Festival at AlterEgo's in Halifax on Jan. 24.