Woodside (Queens), NY guitarist/songwriter Visick teams with vocalist Doblick and bassist Paul Jenkins with drum assistance from Ron Thaler Throughout on these ten pleasant, laidback mostly acoustic loner folk tunes. With influences as varied as Joni Mitchell, Led Zepelin, The Smiths and Nick Drake, there is sure to be something here to please just about anyone. Doblick has an expansive, expressive, crystal-clear voice that brings a sorrowful, bluesy tint to opener ?Refuge,? with Visick?s simple acompaniment reminding me of Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters). There?s also a bluesy, minor key element to the brooding ?I Am Ill? that invites those Led Zep comparisons, and I can hear maybe ?Kashmir? and ?Houses of the Holy? wandering around the room making their ?presence? felt (OK, pun intended tha time!). Doblick?s voice assumes a more syncopated Bjork quality. Bjork fronting Led Zep? OK, I can hear that.
Doblick slithers through the room with ?Precious Bugs? dripping from her mouth like honied morning dew while Visick plucks Morse codes from his guitar. Visick?s nimble fingers are imbued with the ghost of Nick Drake on the wistfully nostalgic instrumental ?Memory Hole,? while ?Queen?s Decade? is something you?ll want to listen to in a smoky jazz bar nursing your fifth watered-down gin and tonic. ?Before The Storm? floats along on the crest of a wave, surfing your heartstrings like a long lost lover who just mysteriously reentered your life. Visick grabs the mic for closer ?Safety Breach? and delivers a Paul Simon channeled through Stephen Bishop air that?s a pleasant contrast to Doblick?s lovely vocal performance.
An amazing new talent, Doblick?s voice is perfectly suited to Visick?s soulful, jazzy concoctions, with a faint bluesy air throughout and ?The Unperson? certainly deserves a wider audience than ther casual websurfer stumbling across Visick?s website. I?ve done my part?now I invite you to pick up a copy and help spread the word. 8/10 -- Jeff Penczak (7 August, 2006)