Come A Little Closer is an album of standards, which say with absolute precision feelings, emotions, silences Laika, a young musician we discovered with Misery album as a tribute to Billie Holiday, and Nebula. In this third album, she has collected titles, each of which speak to the ear. Thus, When Love Was You and Me Abbey Lincoln, and It's Easy To Remember by Bing Crosby in 1935. As a kind of bonus, Laika offers a melody Roy Hargrove's one piece of album: Divine.
Italian violinist Guiliano Carmignola has a crisp, sharp style that can do wonderful things in High Baroque repertory. In Classical-period music he is again distinctive, but your mileage may vary. This release harks back to the middle days of historically informed playing, when Baroque groups first began to explore the Classical era (and music beyond). There are no graceful, gentle lines here, no warm, muted colors of mythological figures frolicking in summer sunshine.
Director Sacha Gervasi's 2012 Alfred Hitchcock biopic was less of a proper biography and more of a breakdown of the events leading up to the release of 1959's Psycho. Composer Danny Elfman's elegant score reflects that sense of minutia, offering up a scant 38 minutes of material, much of which clocks in at under a minute. Elfman's signature blend of dread, whimsy, and mischief serves the tone of the story well, and while it may not be as stocked with memorable themes as some of his better-known works, it dutifully conveys the pathos, unpredictability, and humor of its source material.