Nicole Dollanganger – Observatory Mansions

Nicole Dollanganger’s music is difficult to translate into prose. A description of what she is doing in her minimalistic, lyric centered, wingless-angel songs doesn’t come easily. These songs for the most part relate the loss of innocence in the most visceral (at times brutally) poetic terms. Adolescence and bodies, mortality and divestment, searching and finding, these are the happenings Dollanganger sets out to illuminate.What more can be said that Dollanganger does not say herself? The final song ends so abruptly, so perfectly tying off this disturbing ethereal sojourn, that I will not spoil the surprise but to say it is a counterpoint to Dylan Thomas.

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