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Into the Waves is an airy sonic confection, floating on soft rhythms and embroidered with shimmering keyboards and laid-back guitars. Knapp’s caressing vocals carry a slight country twang, recalling Olivia Newton-John during her “Have You Never Been Mellow” phase. Her songs have an eerily dreamlike quality, hinting at darker moods beneath their starry-eyed surfaces in the manner of a David Lynch soundtrack. Knapp knows how to turn on her coy charm when she wants to: “In Paper,” ”Evermore," and the title track are indicative of her seductive low-key charisma. She balances sobriety with sensual pleasure (“Glasses High”), contemplates passing time (“Looking into Another Day”), and luxuriates in pure love (“Close to Me”) with a blend of languid innocence and sly wisdom. “Nothing to Lose” almost turns sinister as it broods over mortality. Bill Callahan lends his somberly masculine vocal tones to the wistful “Spiderweb” and “Weeping Willow.” Into the Waves goes deep into Knapp’s private world, with just enough shadows to keep its sunny landscapes interesting.


Born: San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Best known as the singer/songwriter behind the mystical indie rock band Lights -- who later changed their name to Cliffie Swan -- Sophia Knapp grew up in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district and later moved to Brooklyn. There she hooked up with Linnea Vedder and Alana Amram and formed Lights in 2004, ultimately recording a 2006 self-titled EP, 2008's self-titled debut album, and 2009's Rites under that name before changing to Cliffie Swan in 2010. During that time, she also collaborated with the...
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