Lost in Oz

Lost in OzTracklist:
1. Cyclone
2. Lost in Oz
3. Ruby Slippers
4. Magicmakers
5. Kiss of the Good Witch
6. Dance of the Scarecrow
7. Tin Heart
8. A Lion's Tale
9. Wicked
10. Poppyseed
11. Emerald City
12. The Great and Powerful Oz
13. Evil Banished
14. There's No Place Like Home

2012 Ulaluma Music Productions. Written, performed, and produced by Paulina Fae.

Fae takes the yellow brick road into a strangely pulsing rhythmus land on LOST IN OZ. Playful, surreal, spacey electronic synthpop to transport you to a poppy-kissed audio world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s beloved classic.

"Having established herself with a style that mixes ethereal, faerie-inspired vocals and rhythmic, edge-of-ambient drifts, Fae switches gears and takes the yellow brick road into a dreampop/synthpop space on the quite enjoyable Lost In Oz. Most of the tracks here are underscored with a thumping bass drum counting off a club-music cadence. I have to admit I could have done with less of that, but it's a minor consideration when everything else is just blissful and fun, demanding that you play it at volume. Fae takes hold immediately with the boppy beat of "Cyclone" and on into the world-flavored title track. Great percussion fuels this one, along with xylophone-style chimes running the melody. "Dance of the Scarecrow" is about as infectious as the tracks come here, that bass drum a vital heartbeat over a repeating keyboard phrase. There's something intriguingly mysterious about its tone, and very old-world. It's hard to explain without hearing it. As cool as the beats and sound sources are on Lost in Oz, they're here serving the big draw, which is Fae's voice. Ranging from ghostly whispers to banshee cries and often invoking the spirit of Kate Bush, the vocals here come dressed quite like chants, intricately layered to create a unique showcase instrument. (Check out "The Great and Powerful Oz" to hear it at its smokiest dream-whisper, calling to you through a mystical haze and psychedelia-worthy synth.) In with all this come moments of straightforward instrumental goodness, too. "Poppyseed" is a quiet contemplation on keys, accented with a tapping beat and pleasant strings in the background. The utterly charming "Kiss of the Good Witch" takes under a minute to spin its scene in piano and strings. Fae hits her theme well on this disc. The music here is light and a little magical, even trippy in spots. There's a playfulness running through much of it, which somehow just feels quite Oz-like. I tend to prefer Lost in Oz in a mix as opposed to always going straight through it (though it only takes 58 minutes to do so). I quite enjoy the sudden boost of energy and spirit that hits when one of these tracks comes up. Very much worth checking out."
- Hypnagogue