Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Review: Dune Tran "Heart Anchors"

Originally from an igloo in Edmonton, Canada, singer/songstress Dune Tran has been basking in the warmth of the San Francisco music scene since 2001. Similar to her change in milieu, the songs on her self-released debut, "Heart Anchors", transition between the chilly and sunny sides of indie pop. The songs of Dune Tran are largely rooted in sultry and melancholy piano melodies, but her pop sensibilities shine through sunlight breaking through an overcast sky. The combination provides a haunting, yet comforting, atmosphere as the songs glide by.

Tran's voice is icy smooth, with a tone perfect for chilling out to. Sometimes, however, I feel it is a bit too laid back - a few of her tunes could be taken to the next level with some added expression. If she could leave her vocal comfort zone - expand her range, take some chances, sustain some notes - it would serve her songs well.

The real standout is the instantly likable midtempo gem, "Kites". But some other highly enjoyable tunes on this strong debut include the sublime ballad "Silence", "Daydreams", and "Trust Me". Anchors away if you enjoy Dido, Tori Amos, or Aimee Mann.

iPOD-worthy: 1, 2, 4, 6

Dune Tran on MySpace. Official site.

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