Drawing Down the Moon
Says Umbrella Music: 'Smilovitch writes dark, haunting, lean songs; sings them in a clear and distinctive voice; and fingerpicks them so fast, clean and sharp, they light up the darkness like a jarful of fireflies. Smilovitch has lived in Yellowknife, NWT, for a long stretch, and the emotional landscape of these songs is not unlike the physical landscape of the North. Such simple, effective minimalism is one hallmark of truly great songwriting. Nimbly fingerpicked modal scales and ghostly, mournful vocals have rarely sounded so strong or so fresh'. 'I lived in the Arctic for a period where my music seemed to incorporate more and more space in response to the open northern surroundings. It is these surroundings and the feelings they generate that I try to capture in my playing and writing'.