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- Making Spaces by d_rradio & Lianne Hall
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 13 May 2010
Newcastle IDM/post rockers D_rradio team up with folkster Lianne Hall for a collaboration album which had me concerned that it was going to be more skittery electronica meets folk a la Tunng which on the evidence of the first track thankfully it isn't. The band create circular melodies with loops, strings and what appears to be backwards clarinets while Hall wraps her strong voice around it all creating a lovely aural stew. The second track is more straight. Simple acoustic guitars and jumpy rhythms form the basic track but Hall's voice is a little composed for this type of material. Better is 'Stormy Weather' which almost comes across as folktronica's answer to Donna Summers' 'Love to Love you Baby'. Thankfully Hall doesn't over folk the melodies and acts more of a soul diva than anything which works brilliantly on this track as the rhythms build up over the keening vocals. The album has moments of downbeat introspection but overall the album works better when both band and singer take chances with the material and move outside their chosen oeuvre. A success I reckon!
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