With her ethereal voice laid majestically over a myriad of ambitious harmonies built with synthesizers and looping pedals, Larissa Loyva's sophomore album is a looming presence on the horizon of the Canadian music scene. While critics adored her work with P:ano, The Choir Practice and on her lauded 2008 debut Flamingo, Kellarissa (Finnish for "in the basement") bares her soul more honestly and nakedly than ever on her epic opus Moon of Neptune.
Though the weight of transmutation hangs heavy over much of the album, there are moments of triumph and extroversion. The organ may lend a somber quality to "Sisu" and its Finnish lyrics, but a translation unveils a story of resistance, having the chutzpah to persevere despite hardship. Running almost seven minutes, "Niagara" captures the space and nature themes running through the record, with Loyva's delayed vocals solemnly proclaiming the end of the world over a minimal whole-tone synth chord. By the time you hear "Undock", with its poetic dissection of a space station departure and driving instrumental, you will be floating in a most peculiar way.