“**** – A cabinet of curiosities indeed…” Holly Williams reviews The Sea Cabinet in The Independent
Recorded by the sea in Aldeburgh, Herbert’s sort-of concept album is changeable as the ocean.
There’s a cabaret approach to storytelling, in rollicking sea shanties and waltzes, while her clear pale voice switches between clipped precision, fluttering whispers and full-throated chanteuse. The instrumentation is inventive, too, featuring wheezing accordions, warbling woodwind, tinkling music boxes and rolling bells. A cabinet of curiosities indeed.