Growing up in the Canadian subarctic city of Yellowknife — located in the heart of the Northern Territories — gave folk singer/songwriter Dana Sipos a unique perspective. On latest album “Roll Up the Night Sky,” Sipos weaves fragments of stories, myths and dreams into the imagery of the land of her youth.
You have to be in the right frame of mind to appreciate a 12-track, 58-minute release that, truth be told, feels overstuffed by about a quarter. The songs are consistently haunting and lovely, but there’s nothing on “Roll Up the Night Sky” that’s likely to lift your spirits.
That said, there are plenty of nuggets to be found on Sipos’ latest. The opening tandem of “Old Sins” and “Morningside” are quite nice, as are “Shadows,” “Night Sky,” “Road to Michigan,” “A Lighted House” and set closer “Full Moon Sinners.” This one is worth exploring. (Jeffrey Sisk)