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Low and easy, Catherine Traicos’ Luminaire is a cocktail of melancholy and spice.

Not oppressive but enticing, the listener will feel the misery in every beat and be encouraged by the pace that it skips along on its less than merry way. Carrying itself and the listener down the road, the albums mix of resignation and sass is attractive to the listeners resting thoughts, a hint of darkness brushes over them, tuned to a perverse joy, dwelling with energy and fire.

This is a release. An acceptable one for the alternative turn of mind, an enjoyable one that does not fall down in its own grief but accepts it and continues, finding words for the difficult and music for the reluctant.

Listeners will feel safe in Traicos’ music and breathe in the space of their less pleasant feelings.

★★★