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Here we have the debut vinyl release from Ubeboet which is the nom de plume of Miguel Angel Tolosa. He creates his form of contemporary minimalism from various sources including FM Radio, Field Recordings and laptop. Using a sort of reductionist aesthetic inspired by drone, musique-concrete and even krautrock he delicately builds walls of bass and un-nerving dark ambient moods as can be heard on 'Orange' which comprises the entire first side of the LP. Some of this audio actually makes me recall the excellent Sohrab LP that came out on touch some weeks ago. Each sound is precision placed and well considered. 'Melm' works in a far more direct fashion, being immediately quite evocative with shimmering sounds and ghostly howls not easy to translate into words but my ears enjoy them. 'Northern Rain' is equally as beautiful, perhaps recalling some of Rafael Toral's or Lawrence English's more blissed out stuff. Most pleasant.
5/10 Mark Customer review, 25th April 2015
The choir, conducted by Dennis Keene, has long kept its focus wide, and it demonstrated its flexibility here in an eclectic range of repertory, beginning with the emotive “Shui Diao Ge To” (2004), a setting of a Song dynasty poem of the same name by the Chinese composer Chiayu Hsu. Her piece was juxtaposed with Josquin’s “Ave Maria,” a four-part motet beautifully rendered here by eight members of the chorus.
Mr. Keene also chose works the choir has performed in its 25-year history, such as William Byrd’s tender “Justorum Animae” and a vibrant Palestrina motet. The singing was buoyant and often inspired throughout, although there were a few rough edges and muddy textures in Bach’s motet “Singet dem Herrn.”
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