All Thoughts Fly was my introduction to AVH, and for whatever reason I slept on checking out her earlier stuff until now. The prompt of the new Live at Montreux Jazz Festival album helps, I guess.
Either way, I wasn't prepared for her vocals, but I feel like that's half the point. Her full-throated howls jar you out of being a complacent listener. The music here feels primal and divine. It has power. Each song is a cast spell, its magic wrought as we listen, compelling us to do so with intent.
Favorite track: The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra.