Playful art-pop you can sink into: that’s the sound of Brooklyn’s Companion. The quintet is led by Pepi Ginsberg -- a singer, poet and guitarist who has been releasing vivid, ‘60s-influenced folk-pop under her given name for the last half dozen years. But lately she’s been experimenting with form, and surrounding herself with collaborators.
The resultingself-titled album (out Feb. 5), crafted with her newfound companions, is a collection that’s rhythmic, expansive and dreamy. Songs like “Out Of Control” and “My Country, Your USA” are marked by a shimmering interplay between Ginsberg’s idiosyncratic voice, the near-choir vocal bed of bandmates Anna Thorngate and Amy Carrigan, and a host of clattering and fuzzy homemade beats. “Only” packs a melancholic punch as it winds around and around a romantic frustration. And “Homegirl” treads into a darker territory while still maintaining that pop afterglow.
Ginsberg and co. have gotten production help from a few folks who also know about unexpected arrangements -- including Jake Aron, whose engineering credits include Yeasayer and Chairlift, and Nathan Sabatino, who also produced Dr. Dog’s 2012 album Be The Void. The result is a pop confection with a zing.
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Gretta joined Soundcheck in 2010, having spent several years as a freelance radio documentary producer. Her stories on birders, fishermen, nurses, performance artists and even the Yale Whiffenpoofs have aired on a variety of outlets, from WNYC's Studio 360 to APM's The Story. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Brown University and studied radio production at The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She was a cellist in the rock band Cursive from 2001-2005.