On her fourth release, Carla Patullo (White Widow) occupies a zone midpoint between Kate Bush and Martha Bates (Motels), creating a semi-symphonic progressive melodic groove that will soon serve as score to an animated film in work by a couple of Brooklyn artists. A rather eclectic woman, Patullo graduated from Berklee, sings all vocal parts, and plays all instruments here except for bass, cello, and drums. The result, A Psychological Thriller, under her nom de plume, is a marvelous half hour of concept cycling that enthralls, absorbs, saddens, uplifts, and caresses the ear and mind in a tale of deliquescing love.
There's an element of Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise as well, but with a lot more angst, less narco-vapors as some of the instrumental arrangements veer towards Sally Oldfield. Berklee certainly didn't stint in imbuing the writer with compositional or arranging deftnesses as the tableau unfolds in serial visions thematically centered in Wandering Eye. The entire story wraps itself around the pulse of that anguished heart like layers of night skies and alleyways. Patullo's singing becomes the urgent thread sewing chapters together one after another, postcards of increasing urgency amid a Serial Love Affair leading to a Bloodbath that tells us a little Something about [the so-called] Paradise of love. This is not a story that will have you floating amid cherry-cheeked cherubs and Betty Crocker visions, not by a long shot, even as Patulla's seductive siren wail draws you towards its melancholy beacon. There are rocks near that shore, and your tiny little row boat isn't going to fare well amid them—…but you'll smile as you go under.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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