People You Meet Outside of Bars’ latest collection of fragile odes to fragility comes as an answer to Trent Radio’s RPM Challenge: make a record in one month. The result is intimately confessional, but in a punky, DIY kind of way, sounding somewhat like Broken Girl-era Julie Doiron or anti-folkie Diane Cluck.
Backed by pizzicato ukulele and somewhat buried piano and synth arpeggios, Satah’s singing voice is the voice of a person first and a singer second: stripped down and raw even when it’s multi-tracked, and only rising to Sinead-like power, tellingly, on the bummer refrain “I couldn’t handle it.”
The songs are wonderfully sad, haunted and neurotic reflections on lost love and character flaws, but there’s clever humour in them too, in the herky-jerky way the lyrics often scan against the grain of the melody. It’s a nice record to get to know, and to get through the rest of winter with.
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People You Meet Outside of Bars’ Liquids & Bones is available for purchase on Apple Music.
Images courtesy the artist.