“Century Woods,” the opening track from Lisa/Liza's upcoming debut album, sounds of another time. That is not to say it’s
an anachronism. In fact, singer/songwriter Liza Victoria’s dreamy,
psychedelic folk fits in well with 2016’s class of forward-thinking Cosmic Americana troubadours.
So maybe it’s more apt to say that “Century Woods” exists outside of
time entirely. Victoria opens the song in a drifting, half-existent time
signature, her careful, close-mic’d guitar lapping gently like sleepy
waves at high tide. Her vocals reverberate powerfully without an ounce
of reverb. The song’s dry production—seemingly no overdubs or effects at
all—actually makes it sound even more mysterious: the magic is entirely
in her performance. Six minutes in, as the song’s jazzy,
Karen-Dalton-on-ambien melody begins to settle into your brain, it just
The last sentence is left unfinished, the chord progression unresolved.
Victoria’s haunting, imagistic dream logic is only beginning to reveal
Sam Sodomsky, Pitchfork
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