Review: Emily Jane White, ‘Ode to Sentience’

Review: Emily Jane White, ‘Ode to Sentience’: Aidin Vaziri | Emily Jane White’s music demands to be felt. On her first new album in three years, “Ode to Sentinence,” the Fort Bragg native and UC Santa Cruz alum goes deep, inhabiting the dreamy songs with her torchy voice and evocative imagery. Violins and cellos color the beautiful, cinematic tunes, which come from a decidedly darker (sometimes more violent) place than those of folky peers like Joanna Newsom and Alela Diane. But White shares their intimate ethos in standout tracks like “Oh, Katherine” and “Black Silk,” on which she sings, “The crimson moon, undresses you. And you lay your face down. With your heart on the ground.” How could your knees not possibly go weak?

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