How I Learned to See in the DarkCHRIS PUREKA

How I Learned to See in the Dark

With How I Learned to See in the Dark there’s only a little light cast on Chris Pureka’s surroundings. It’s a more plaintive set of songs, as defined by its measured tones and a sense of quiet contemplation. Mournful violin and subdued guitars provide the accompaniment, giving Pureka’s emotional delivery all the emphasis it needs. A closer listen is occasionally required to fully appreciate some of the album’s subtler charms. Two standouts sandwich the proceedings, the homespun sound of opener “Wrecking Ball” and the mellow caress of its closer “August 28th.” Chris Pureka’s music has always had a knack for illuminating the spirit, and her ability to connect shines as brightly as ever.

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