Singer/songwriter/musician Lisa Germano is one of the most gifted, distinctive, and underrated artists of our time.
Singer/songwriter/musician Lisa Germano is one of the most gifted, distinctive, and underrated artists of our time. After releasing a handful of stark full-lengths on U.K. indie 4AD, the reclusive siren quietly disappeared. Now, Germano returns with the hauntingly exquisite and semi-autobiographical Lullaby for Liquid Pig (her first for Ineffable/iMusic). Easily her most candid collection, the album is a vivid chronicle of a damaged person battling inner demons and despair. Despite these melancholic overtones, Germano emerges valiant, seducing listeners with each disturbing tale through enticing hesitant vocal whispers and intimate lyrical lullabies. Collaborating with such guest musicians as Wendy Melvoin, Neil Finn, and Johnny Marr, the tunesmith constructs a murky musical backdrop that punctuates the set's blurred balance between reality and hallucination. Selections like "Liquid Pig," "From a Shell," "All the Pretty Lies," and the title track resonate with a piercing intensity more commanding than her previous works. Lullaby for Liquid Pig is a bold endeavor; beautifully heartbreaking, defiantly courageous, and resoundingly optimistic.—CR