Page France, Hello, Dear Wind

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Drawing heavily on religious imagery (the idea of the Rapture, and the "heart of God" appear before the record is a full minute old). Frontman Michael Nau has a cracked, creaky voice, and he sings like a child thumbing through the pages of an illustrated Bible. He mostly favors indie-folk, like spiritual kin Sufjan Stevens and the Danielson Familie, but Nau's songs are smaller and more timid than either. "Jesus" recalls the kind of goggle-eyed mysticism of Neutral Milk Hotel, with France's voice singing praises over a dry acoustic strum. "Windy" bounces along on a bleating organ and "Elephant", with it's knock-knock percussion and yelping vocals falls close to The Decemberists. Page France's winsome approach and sense of wonder are winning and endearing.