Chris Spector for Midwest Record
YELENA ECKEMOFF/I’m a Stranger in this World: A lot of Russian stuff has an inherent sadness to it, and with the state of the world these days, the sadness is evident here—even if it goes back to when she left her native Moscow in 1991 to bring her well honed chops here. Her ever evolving musical vision gets put on pause a touch here as she goes back downtown with a crew she’s worked with before. This time around, her settings for the Book of Psalms are spread out over two discs and it still seems like she has more to say on the subject. Lovely instrumental work that approaches the divine with a different set of ears, it might just make today’s average narcissist find a second or two to show some appreciation. If not, it’s a great listen anyway.