Listening to Morgan Doctor s latest disc, Other Life, one might not get the impression that she has shared the stage with the likes of the B-52s, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and the Cult; the disc s lilting melodies and swirling textures are a far cry from the pop/rock sensibilities of these artists. Indeed, field recordings of cityscapes and chanting monks recorded while visiting Korea have more in common with her work in composing for dance, film and theatre (for which she has received a Dora award and been nominated for a Juno).
And yet this is not an album of unapproachable avant-garde sonic experimentation: as the driving beat behind the rock sensation The Cliks for three years now, there s no shortage of catchy riffs and solid drumming. As on her last album, Is This Home, she is once again accompanied on multiple tracks by the haunting vocals of Tamara Williamson and on the opening number by Clara Engel. However, the grand, sweeping, distorted guitars on tracks like "Show me How" and the classic pop intervals of "Silver City" announce that the focus this time is more Coldplay than Kraftwerk.