Bella Union – July 6th

With Sun On The Square, fans of the innocence mission are once again treated to a stunning collection of beautifully vulnerable folk songs. It is no surprise that the Pennsylvania trio, lead by the inimitable singing and songwriting of Karen Peris, count Sufjan Stevens among their fans, as delicate yet moving musings on ‘Green Bus’ and ‘Light of Winter’ recall Carrie & Lowell, thanks to typically subtle picking and increasingly orchestrated and gently cinematic accompaniment. Peris’ effortless storytelling once again plays centre stage, weaving through bucolic scenes, touching on love and loss yet always maintaining a blissful hope that ensures the record has the moments of sun its title suggests. The band’s first effort for Bella Union is simply gorgeous; mission accomplished.

Buy: the innocence mission – Sun On The Square