Abuzz In The Abyss


Fluff & Gravy Records, 2020


REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


Although she's kept quite busy doing instrumental work for TV and film in recent years, the Portland, Oregon songstress Sarah Isabella DiMuzio has kept her Whim identity alive. She offers intimate and adventurous pop songs that are heartfelt, insightful, and full of relevant subject matter. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

DiMuzio starts the listen with the bright piano and swift pace of the indie pop playfulness of “Oh! Society!,” as her slightly smoky, sweet pipes are instantly welcoming. “The Listening Room” follows with chunky bass alongside crisp percussion that's full of danceable fun..

Although the listen falls more in line with the folksy side of today's indie rock, tunes like “Anymore” build closer to buzzing alt-rock, while “Moths (2020)” glides with more forceful strumming and a lively jangle that lingers longer after the tune ends. “New York Part One” then goes the other way into ballad territory with soft horns and cello accenting the warm, gentle atmosphere.

DiMuzio keeps the song craft strong through the entire listen, as the soulful “Kiss Me Goodbye” brings some throwback ideas to the rich setting, and “New York Part Two” is just as stirring as Part One, where the flawless vocals illuminate the mesmerizing delivery. “Irish Rain” finishes out the album poetic and orchestrally influenced, and is nothing short of sublimely beautiful.

If you've seen shows like New Girl, Teen Mom, and Cold Justice, then you've heard DiMuzio's work. Here, though, she gives us a broader look at her talents, where frisky singalongs run alongside introspective moments that often seem far too developed for someone who is just in their mid twenties.

An artist who is likely to have the impact of legends like Mirah, Lois Maffeo and Corin Tucker, let's put Whim as a thriving voice from the Pacific Northwest that we should all be paying attention to.

Rating: B+

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