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- Meadow Rituals by Luup
A nice slab of vinyl from a nineteen-strong collective here. Ethereal female vocals mingle with glistening folk-ish modes, chamber orchestration and sparse atmospheres to create a stripped-back and mesmerising recording numbering seven tunes. Jenny Stabis's voice on opener 'Horse Heart' is spellbindingly beautiful, yet the subsequent track has a more sombre folk/classical vibe with no vocal - none is needed because the maudlin instrumentation carries so much emotional weight already! Andria Degens takes over the vocal reins on the epic and spacious 'Spiraling', a rather minimal slice of tender beauty wrought from reflective flute and reserved guitar drones. The instrumental 'Roots Growth' goes some way to blend jazzy cinematic sax-led shades and warm classicism with a trickle of jaunty flute and some lush post-rock moods. More experimental drones and manipulated flute action grace 'Cream Sky' along with cleverly layered vocals and some subtle electronic embellishment. 'The Ritual of Apollo and Dionysus' is a gorgeous slice of unusually perky neo-classical drama, both unnerving and mischievous in its majesty, and to conclude we have another heavily stripped-back piece called 'See You in Me' with Andria Degens once again on tender, haunting vocals. This is a magical farewell featuring awesome ricocheting cello drones, an incredibly affecting dream-like flute and some well considered electronic touches that, used merely to gently manipulate and tweak this sound-world, truly add to the increasingly strange and mystical atmosphere! Nice album indeed...
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