High Places

It helps to have friends in high places. And if you don’t have one of those, then a friend-of-a-friend can sometimes do the trick. When California-based artist Adrina Thorpe stepped into the studio to record Halflight & Shadows, she brought with her a team of seasoned musicians whose recording credits span anyone from Mick Jagger, Sting, Justin Timberlake, and Kanye West. Not that Thorpe needs the big guns. On her own she’s a force of nature”a gifted pianist blessed with emotive, ethereal vocals that recall Sarah McLachlan. On the cinematic Coming Home a sonorous piano gets some levity with Thorpe’s lilting voice. Midnight is darker, heavier stuff”a haunting melody with muffled, syncopated beats and a keening cello. But if you’re looking for a serotonin kick, not a dose of disturbia, put on the dreamy, airborne Fly Fly Fly or the teasing Everything Changes. With or without her killer session musicians, Thorpe’s music has amazing range. Expect this songbird to fly far.