No wonder the beautiful voice of Louise Rutkowski sounds familiar. She used to be part of This Mortal Coil and The Hope Blister. She helped build the 4AD records with her distinct angelic voice. Diary of a Lost Girl took seven years to make and it is on its way to seduce ears to heights of sonic orgasm. I listened to the taster and I tell you, this is the kind of album that you want to add to your collection of ‘feel good ‘ music.
The orchestral arrangement alone makes this a sure winner . The second track Remember made the hair at the back of my neck stand when she hit that high note in the end of the song (on top of the lush orchestral strings). Bedtime Story combines the beauty of chamber strings and electronic beats. It has that nice pizzicato that goes in and out within the verses. Unlike Liz Fraser who sings in abstract glossalia vocalise, Rutkowski firmly plants her craft on story-telling with pop sensibilities. This is an album I would gladly play loud to amuse neighbors with its uniqueness.
I don’t know what kind of heavenly drink she ingests every day but her voice is rare and you don’t get to hear this kind in today’s singers. The same reason I didn’t watch the Grammys because the terrible voices make me shudder! I hope Diary of a Lost Girl will get wider distribution and probably even a place in movie soundtracks. Mimi is a song that’s fitting as accidental songs because of its cinematic style.
There are a thirteen tracks in the album and they have been crafted artfully. I admire the quality of work that Irvin Duguid (who co-wrote and produced this album) has placed in Diary of a Lost Girl. You can hear even the tiniest sound like the soft tinkling of the piano. The album is relaxing and perfect for those who are unwinding after a tired day. The lyrics touch on relationships, struggles and a woman’s journey into self-realization and inner strength. I sometimes don’t pay attention to the lyrics. I just love the voice of Louise Rutkowski and the beautiful tunes that inhabit the heaven called Diary of a Lost Girl.
You can pre-order the album from iTunes through this link: https://itunes.apple.com/album/diary-of-a-lost-girl/id787200040