From Alberta Canada, Vissia is singer songwriter Alex Vissia who here offers us nine songs born from experience, “This album is a collection of songs, each holding a place in my experiential past. Like any memory, the edges get fuzzy with time and my perspective on situations can change, but I look at each song as a snapshot, a moment in time and each song brings me back to a place.” That’s as may be but essentially the album is a fine although unremarkable collection of indie rock with a dash of torch song added to the mix.
Many of the songs portray her as a loser in the love stakes and there are elements of k.d. lang and Neko Case simmering in her vocals while the echoey garage like production throughout is somewhat endearing. However, and despite some highlights, much of the album flows by without really arousing much emotion from the listener. The opening ‘Mountaineer’ sounds like something Adele might tackle even though Vissia gives it a swampy blues arrangement while ‘Night Romancer’ is another full voiced ballad which is spoiled by the lengthy and torturous guitar solo at the end.
While there are some attractive country tinged songs here (‘Whiskey Walk,’ ‘Macondo’) Vissia is at her best when she strips away the band for the skeletal ‘The Kind of Good’ which allows her voice plenty of space to show itself off. There’s also the perky ‘Let Her Stay’ which sounds like it could have been released on Postcard Records or Cherry Red back in the 80’s.