White Hinterland: Phylactery Factory
Whereas 2006’s Wind-Up Canary was short stories, little Salinger vignettes, Phylactery Factory is filled with dreams, memories, warnings. Dienel’s voice is more hidden, crouching amid swish, drone and the wildflower jazz of her friends - and this second LP is released under a new moniker. It’s an album full of reminders. Reminders of the likes of Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, John Cage, Alice Coltrane, M. Ward. Reminders of winter. But mostly reminders to oneself. This is what a phylactery is: the tefillin worn by devout Jews upon head and arm; a prayer in a box and then knotted into place; the reminder of a one and only.