LO CARMEN – LOVERS DREAMERS FIGHTERS

The sixth studio outing from Adelaide-raised, L.A-based singer-songwriter and actor Lo Carmen reprises the woozy, spell-like quality of preceding LP Everyone You Ever Knew (Is Coming Back To Haunt You). Recorded in Nashville and featuring a cast of supporting players whose credits include work with, variously, Jason Isbell, Lana Del Rey, and Kacey Musgraves – along with a guest vocal spot from folk icon Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (‘Sometimes It’s Hard’) – Lovers is a gorgeous, narcotic dose of country-soul alchemy. ‘Lovers Dreamers Fighters’ sways along like a knot of spellbound couples haunting a honkytonk dancefloor at 2:00am, as Carmen exhales her vaporous incantation into the ether with accompaniment from spindly mandolin and sparse drums. Mantled in alternately shivering and sighing pedal steel and fiddle, and recalling a serene and introspective Nikki Lane filtered through a benzodiazepine twilight, Carmen glistens like the eponymous adornments of the wonderful ‘Rhinestones in the Rain’. Gareth Hipwell