Photo: Nathan Palacios
Words: Linn Branson
The key to 'Hysteria' is not, contrary to what its title suggests, about loud noise and ear-shredding vocals. It's a quite understated, bewitching and beautifully crafted work of largely piano and the voice of Casey Manierka-Quaile, who also wrote and co-produced the piece with band member Alexei Orechin.
The track is one side of a two-track release - with the epically proportioned 17-minute 'Minute Lasting - from Toronto quartet Unbuttoned which came out last week. The evocative, soulful vocal of M-Q over the exquisite piano arrangement is one that simply stops you in your tracks. Give it your full attention.