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'Einstein,' by Anastasia Markov.

Somehow, it feels right to bookend 2014 with a new music video from Connecticut singer-songwriter Anastasia Markov. After all, it was at the beginning of last year when we discovered her EP "Suicide Seating,'' and the lovely, upbeat music video for her song "Sarah Won't Cry.''

"Sarah Won't Cry'' is a poppy, upbeat song that is tinged by a sense that something's about to be lost: A love, a childhood ... the imagery plays back and forth between the two. "As if scared of the sky,'' sings Markov, "the kite won't fly/bet you Sarah won't cry.''

The character "Sarah'' appears again in Markov's most-recent song, "Einstein'': "I'm just waiting for the day/to make the official decree/this world belongs to Sarah and me/and this time/Sarah won't mind.''

In a lot of ways, this song is the counterpoint to "Sarah Won't Cry.'' If the former song seemed framed by loss, this one seems to have the song's persona come out the other side of that particular looking glass. While "Einstein'' is just as sugar-rush bright as its predecessor, it seems more driven by hope than nostalgia. Perhaps the tone in which Markov uses childhood imagery -- "skinned knees in the summer breeze/these are things of our memory'' -- that makes that childhood feel like something the persona is about to leave behind, not something she's fleeing to. Or perhaps this is all woolgathering, but whatever it is, there's certainly something happy lurking underneath the song's surface this time around, and that's both a refreshing change for the often sarcastic songwriter, and a nice note to start off a new year.

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jan 4, 2015
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