Album Review: Songs From Isolation by A.A. Williams
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Like Chelsea Wolfe and Emma Ruth Rundle before her, singer-songwriter A.A. Williams has struggled to shake off the ‘death gospel’ tag that was coined to describe women with a penchant for exploring the ethereal and the macabre. But while the metal scene has embraced her darkness, Williams’ haunting blend of post-rock and neo-classical has, in truth, much more in common with artists like Radiohead and Sigur Rós.
In the grand spirit of 2020's many lockdown videos, A.A. Williams delivers a series of stripped-down covers; the perfect accompaniment to July's impressive debut LP 'Forever Blue'. Shorn of that album's voluminous post-rock textures, Williams' deft playing provides a delicate yet ornate framework for her voice to soar, lending new tenderness to erstwhile grandiose rockers by Deftones and Smashing Pumpkins, while squeezing even more pathos from The Cure's mighty 'Lovesong'.