Despite the fact that this is Dierdre's solo debut, she is a known quantity among world and electronic music fans for her longstanding involvement in the group Ekova.

Despite the fact that this is Dierdre's solo debut, she is a known quantity among world and electronic music fans for her longstanding involvement in the group Ekova. "One" is her first opportunity to take creative control and give license to her musical vision, and she acquits herself convincingly. The tunes are an artful blending of electronic, world and Euro-pop ideas. Dierdre collaborated with a notable group of players, including electronic aces Wayne Frost and Christian Ricau (aka Cricket), percussionist Karsh Kale and Ekova bandmate Mehdi Haddab. The stylistic range Dierdre embraces here is especially appealing. The dark, flamenco-like colors of "B.A.C.H."—animated by Haddab's pensive oud—is a tasty contrast to the intricate electronica of "Waiting for Spring" and "Firefly." Final track "One of Your Smiles" is a particularly unexpected meeting of programming and lyrics that have an unmistakable modern folk vibe.—PVV

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