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2003-01-29: Genevieve Maynard, Ghost Notes

Timeoff
by Julian Porter

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Drafted into Stella One Eleven a couple of years back for her production skills, Sydneysider Maynard?s solo career was temporarily put on hold. Clearly she has used the extra writing time to full advantage. This self-produced debut (she plays most of the instruments too) shows just how far Maynard has come from being lowly bass-player with 90s indie hopefuls The Bughouse.

Radio fave "Jackie in the Morning" is an immediate highlight with it?s brooding verses and defiant choruses but each successive song (at least as far in as track five) has an equally killer hook. "Messiah" is pretty and string-driven "Aurora Borealis" a minimal acoustic lament, while "Trouble" displays her distinctive voice in all its glory. The electronic tracks ("Fifteen Letter", "Catalyst") seem to lack some of the same warmth and there?s a hint of under-editing, but it?s pretty impressive nonetheless.

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