Lisa Germano has always searched for answers to complex questions. In her songs, she often spins confusion, heartache and sometimes her own tears into a singular beauty. It's weighty stuff, but always intriguing and even comforting. Germano's 1994 epic Geek the Girl was a tale of a young woman's awkward confrontation with womanhood, and 2003's Lullaby for Liquid Pig embodies addiction, delicately exploring her own battle with the bottle. On In the Maybe World, her first album for Michael Gira's Young God imprint, Germano's usual dream world comes alive through death. She mourns the loss of loved ones, deals with the end of relationships and accepts that life's complications will never disappear. "In the Land of Fairies" is a ghostly piano waltz, and "Into Oblivion" combines ivory plinks with subtly hopeful guitar, and a wavering violin guides "Moon in Hell." The amber dewdrops of "Golden Cities" recall Germano's cat Miamo-Tutti, who died before this recording, and "Except for the Ghosts" is in tribute to Jeff Buckley. But at the center of Maybe World is Germano's peculiar sensitivity, the way she obscures her feelings even as they're revealed with uncompromising rawness. She'll always be out there, shedding light on pain.
MacKenzie Wilson writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to email@example.com.