Inara George
Credit: Autumn DeWilde

If Inara George’s latest is indeed an invitation, per the title, rest assured it won’t come as an Evite. The L.A. chanteuse’s newest disc floats in a sort of dreamy, creamy wonderland better suited to a Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers dance sequence than any clumsy modern milieu. An Invitation‘s light-fantastic orchestration, courtesy of famed songwriter and composer Van Dyke Parks (Brian Wilson’s SMiLE, Joanna Newsom’s Ys), is equally, delightfully old-fashioned — though George’s decidedly contemporary lyrics recall the arch-baroque confessionals of Rufus Wainwright and Fiona Apple. Anachronistic? Perhaps, but enchanting nonetheless. A-
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