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Laura Hickli/36? - Both Feet in the World, At Least I Can Stand/Naturally Split LP (North Pole)

Laura Hickli 36-Both Feet in the World at Least I Can Stand Naturally
13 March 2023

Calgary, Alberta’s classically-trained, award-winning Hickli possesses a beguiling voice that flabbergasts on first listen; look no further than “Two Dogs,” the breathtaking, pin drop-quiet piano recitation that opens Both Feet, her half of this split LP. On that number, and the gripping, portentous, vocoder-accented singles “Love, Outlive Me” and “Unholy Power,” her dulcet, vowels-stretching vibrato blends Elizabeth Fraser and Kate Bush, turning each of her five confessional songs into poignant, spine-tingling treasures. Hickli also contributes piano and keyboards for 36?, an equally acclaimed Calgary art-rock/electro-pop quintet — their 2014 LP Where Do We Go From Here? was named rock album of the year at the Western Canadian Music Awards — led by eloquent, deep-toned crooner Taylor Cochrane. Of their seven selections, the ostentatious “Natural” sounds like Nick Cave fronting a glitchy new wave band, while the splashily-produced standout “Samuel” recalls Orange & Lemons-era XTC, and the folky “Changes” brings to mind Hidden Cameras and Loney, Dear. Though stylistically poles apart from Hickli’s solo side, Naturally is captivating in its own quirky way. (

Laura Hickli “Unholy Power”

Laura Hickli “Finding You’re Not Missing a Thing”

36? “Natural”

36? “Samuel”