Crow Autumn by A Broken Consort

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Crow Autumn by A Broken Consort
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9/10 Brian 11 February 2010
Richard Skelton is a really busy chap of late, recordings under his own name & the ABC moniker flying out of the door like rabid pigeons on crack. His use of layered violins & accordian that collide, chatter & swoop around like leaves blowing in a breezy chamber is best enjoyed on headphones. I'm especially drawn into this haunting melee on 'A Mercy Kill', the first beaut to arrive after the brief intro. It's a really graceful and intoxicating piece of music that comes at you from all angles, enveloping you but forcing you to subconsiously dart around in your own mind attempting to pre empt which direction the strings will dart from next: this being virtually impossible & slightly preposterous. But you can't help it. Just close your eyes & listen to the majesty! Distant violin hauntingly billows from across a void on 'Like Rain' whilst a piano tinkles ponderously like said raindrops. The next two tracks are epics, still within the textured chamber music vein, absolutely gorgeous pieces that ebb & flow, seemingly building towards an ever powerful crescendo. There's supposed to be mandolin & guitar employed on this album & where you can hear brief hints, it really is predominantly a meisterwork for strings. By far the most impressive thing i've heard by him, a cherishable modern classical genius!



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