Sara Century

Deep Dreams
Tinyamp Records

Deep Dreams can be viewed as a semi-transitional album for Sara Century, as it was written in part after she started incorporating keyboards and samples into her songwriting. Still intact, however, are the imaginative, demented stories that recall early-'80s Residents records. "iveknownyouforsolonggg" has a somber, spacious quality, like that of a bedroom recording from someone trying to shake off the legacy of earlier creative work. In fact, the overall feeling of this album is one of reinvention and the stripping away of layers to find one's creative core. It shares that quality with the recent Julie Ruin album, except that songs like "puzzlepieces" and "deepdreams" point in the direction in which Century appears to be headed musically: darker, more creatively sophisticated and even slightly industrial.

 
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