Anna Domino

1986 album from Tokyo-born but US-based singer-songwriter

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A further welcome reissue from the LTM label, who have unearthed an improbable number of gems from the crannies of ’80s obscurity. Anna Domino was too much of an outsider and rootless internationalist by nature to win popular favour. Although she worked as a maker of furniture, this is not furniture music, despite its smart contours. There are too many cracks running beneath the varnish, evidence of a troubled, foraging soul “searching for the straight line”, as she declares with deceptively detached hauteur, but perpetually straying from it. Domino’s tainted torch songs are not for placing discreetly in the background but well worth the trouble of engaging with.

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