Elin Palmer – “Postcard”
September 21, 2009 by Brad Tilbe
Category: Albums (and EPs)
Sweden is best known for spawning Abba. In the underground we know better and can put the Abba reference behind us and note that Jose Gonzalez is a Swede. Ok great, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way here comes Elin Palmer. She’s played with a nice little handful of respected artists such as Devotchka, The Fray, and M. Ward. If Regina Spektor skipped over to Sweden and picked a cello instead of a piano, we would have possibly the same outcome. “Soviet Kitsch” meets Paris, France. Picture a 1920’s grainy black and white film of a smiling couple running through the streets of the city of love, “Postcard” could possibly be the soundtrack. I don’t see, nor do I hear many female cello players besides of course the “Transylvania” trio Rasputina. Based on this fact I find Elin Palmer original. Tracks include but are not limited to the entirely Swedish sung “Du var Dur” and “Stora Stoular”. Among the tracks contained on Postcard I fail to find a hook worth grabbing. Postcard is 8 songs of cello infused with harp, brushes, clicks and boredom. I will give kudos to Elin for choosing the path and coming out with an album of cello based instrumentation. Beyond this, Postcard may be best left in the $1 bin among copies of God Shuffled His Feet by Crash Test Dummies.
File Under: cello, Devotchka, m. ward, Sweden