My Brightest Diamond

So why didn’t anyone tell me that Bjork and Tori Amos got together and raised up a baby in their image, probably on a commune somewhere in Iceland, and that sometimes they had PJ Harvey and Dido and Karen Peris over, and then the girl grew up and was Shara Worden from My Brightest Diamond? I mean, people, you can’t just leave that information languishing! I’m ashamed of you. I’m ashamed of me. Shame all around!

“Bring Me the Workhorse,” which came out in August, is Worden’s first album, and it’s on the Asthmatic Kitty label, giving it Instant Cred. But her music really is an appealing mix of her masterful vocals and augmenting instrumentals. By which I mean, the instrumentals don’t overwhelm or detract from her voice. She has a fantastic voice; I can’t say it’s not derivative, because just listen to “Freak Out” and tell me if it doesn’t sound just like Tori in the “Boys for Pele” era. But that being said, I have not yet found a song that doesn’t appeal in an odd, experimental, and yes, even bright, way. The more I listen to it, the more I like it, and that’s the kind of music that stays with a person much longer than, say, pop á la the Quiescently Frozen Primates.

My Brightest Diamond – Site | Myspace | Label (Asthmatic Kitty)

[These tracks have been removed. You can contact me if you’d like a copy.]

My Brightest Diamond – Freak Out
My Brightest Diamond – Golden Star
My Brightest Diamond – We Were Sparkling