Set Upon A Curve: Demania Lloyd
By Emma Philpott
In what seems like a good deal, the frontwoman of Cloudboy was offered an artist residency at the Oamaru Grainstore in Feb 2001 in which she proposed to record her dreams in music. Excuse to catch up on sleep or not, the resulting album captures the essence of dreaming with the disorientation of senses and sounds. Some tracks, like opener Over Again, Pull Me In have an erie innocence mixed with dreariness, but others like A Crooked Road and Who Could Name All This are more upbeat, action dreams perhaps. At times running like a music box, the emphasis seems to be in the lyrics rather than the music, though the accordian played well by Nic McGowan is an added treat. Overall 'Set Upon A Curve' is very personal. It's less melodic and accessible than her group's recent 'Down At The End of The Garden', but will reward introspective listeners on repeat plays.