Monday, November 12, 2007

Little girls

Image: Ana Bagayan

Alice and Sarah - Orion Rigel Dommisse

There's something of Vashti and Joanna and perhaps, Larkin in Orion Rigel Dommisse, this coy-voiced singer named after a winter constellation and one of its brightest stars. And besides sharp, twinkling celestial lights, you can catch snatches of carnival and klezmer, white-tie waltz and Appalachian strum and drang in Dommisse's shadowy sing-song and electric cello orchestra. Her fictions, Alice and Sarah, are made of darker stuff still -- more Angela Carter than Pink Fairy Book. Their white necks smell of nutmeg and cloves, their bare knees blush pink, and yellow satin ribbons flutter like butterflies in their chestnut hair. But this sweet folie à deux would sooner slip razors from the bright folds of their dresses and eviscerate that frog than kiss him.

From What I Want From You is Sweet (Amazon), Myspace


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