New York City-born Sabrina Stone, like any good singer, is in love with her voice. And why not? That’s some good ASMR right there; blissful yet knowing, yearning yet casual, strong yet warm. You have to adore your instrument if you dare to swoop up and catch the piano glissandos of Debussy’s “Arabesque No. 1” on billowy backing clouds of yourself. The single “Capsized (The Things You Miss)” and “Waves on Sand” play off the natural gorgeousness of her vocal frissons; not for nothing are this EP’s lyrical touchstones all nature-oriented (sea, sand, surf, etc). “Waves” even gets a good deal of emotional mileage with little else than a heartbeat for a backup. Stone wrote and arranged every instrument on the album and is playing many of the guitars.
It’s all agreeably wistful and non-threatening, yet the few deep cuts at the center of this release point the way to even greater heights: “Archipelago,” “Holy Water” and “Float” keep building and building to full-band near-climaxes, stopping to catch their breath, then (sometimes) jumping back in: proof that Stone has the potential to transcend mere ear candy. There’s an operatic blissstravaganza just beyond the parameters of these tunes; if she can make a parallel emotional breakthrough, she has a pure orchestral pop-rock classic within her reach.