A review by Tom Wright that appeared in the Staten Island Sunday Advance (Staten Island, NY)…
Continuing the quality established on her wonderful full-length debut album, Calling Over Time, Edith Frost has delivered another impressive body of work.
Complemented by a virtually new line-up of sympathetically adept accompanists — the remaining constant being drummer Rian Murphy — Frost proves that her laurels aren’t dependent on any one group of musicians.
In addition to the spartan, country-inflected songwriting found on the debut, Frost expands her pallet by introducing some harder-edged rock with an increased pop sensibility.
Central to the music’s appeal, is the way Frost wraps a heartfelt melancholy around her winsome melodies.
Frost’s airy, mellifluous vocals (double tracked in harmony) achieve a haunting quality, recalling the girl groups of the ’50s and ’60s. This, coupled with psychedelically-tinged arrangements provided by the band, gives the material a unique and refreshing allure, without pseudo-retro pretensions.
Despite an aura of old-time authenticity, even a sparse country-styled ballad is skewed by a subtle air of the bizarre, — primarily instrumental — elevating the music above typical neuvo-folk traditionalism.
With the track "Tender Kiss," Frost evokes a gypsy chanteuse, surrounded by lamenting violin and flute filigrees, set in minor key, waltz-like languor.
Lyrically, — perhaps, intensified by her recent divorce — the former Texan still seems preoccupied by the trauma of failed relationships, loneliness and death.
While Frost has made strides by stretching and altering her musical peripheries, the predominately mellow tone of collection, could’ve benefited with a few more uptempo or rhythmically diverse numbers — like the fuzzy rocker "Walk on the Fire" that opens the disc. Nonetheless, Telescopic is an entrancing, introspective journey, by one of the more interesting singer-songwriters of the day.