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Somi: If The Rains Come First

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She floats and flutters like a swatch of chiffon caught in soft cross-breezes, her cream ‘n’ sugar, Sade-meets-Astrud Gilberto voice riding gentle waves of guitar, bass and pan-cultural percussion. But don’t let Somi’s mellow style fool you. Whether exploring hope or heartache, personal lesson or universal truth, each of the original compositions that fill her third album is solid as earth and vital as air. The title track recalls an axiom learned from her mother about life’s capriciousness: rain can bring joy or sorrow, plentitude or devastation, depending on when it comes.

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