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  • Summary: The full-length debut for the Gothenburg-based singer (her sister Yukimi is in Little Dragon) was produced by Dustin O'Halloran.
  • Record Label: Bella Union
  • Genre(s): Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Mojo
    Dec 18, 2013
    A remarkable, wonderful calling card. [Jan 2014, p.100]
  2. Dec 2, 2013
    There are the purely lovely moments like "Midnight Glories" that help make Sumie a quietly compelling, inviting full-length introduction to an artist who can't help but bewitch listeners willing and able to embrace her stillness.
  3. 80
    Sumie is not a record for all times, but when the moment strikes, it will deliver--with disarming simplicity--an intoxicating mixture of purity and potency.
  4. 60
    The unhurried pace and her soft intonation make a mildly intoxicating combination, most notably on Never Wanted to Be. But well before the end of this 33-minute album I was longing for a change of pace, or something unexpected.
  5. Dec 11, 2013
    Too often, it seems like the singer is leading us into blind alleys, stringing words together willy-nilly on bead chains, then scattering them like sparkling baubles in a heap.
  6. Uncut
    Feb 3, 2014
    Sumie blends Japanese and Scandinavian folk, singing crisply over repetitive acoustic guitar patterns. [Mar 2014, p.83]
  7. Dec 13, 2013
    Appropriately, her mellow voice layered upon rounded instrumentation makes the album blend into one long, sophisticated lullaby.

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