Singer-songwriter Cynthia Brando has a voice that’s ideal for folk music, wonderfully throaty and possessed of authentic backbone. And on her recordings she wisely puts that voice out front, with only a minimum of acoustic combo accompaniment. It’s what allows a lively song like “Sparkle” to connect with the listener–you sincerely feel her joy and gratitude at being in a great love relationship. Brando shows the flipside in “Afterthought,” conveying the sadness of unsatisfying romance. “California Song” is packed with vivid imagery of personal experience and enthusiasm that’s palpable. Right now, the artist’s vocal persona outshines her material. Still and all, it’s clear she could captivate a coffeehouse crowd.