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- Fire Star by Myrmyr
9/10 Brian Staff review, 23 June 2011
This is a pretty remarkable sounding recording. I love the fact it was recorded during a snowstorm up Mount Shasta in California! 'Fire Star' is forged from elements such as modern classical, moody post-rock and experimental folk but seems so much more dream-like and vibrant than any of that would suggest! At times it recalls some of the more ecstatic, otherworldly Bedroom Community stuff, or maybe Richard Skelton's A Broken Consort project. Simultaneously gentle and chamber-like and overwhelmingly celebratory, this is a very full-sounding and emotional album. The final segment of the opening trilogy, 'Hot Snow', sounds like something wonderful derived from the Constellation stable such is its effortless merging of astral electronics, hand-claps, choral vocals, bells and violin. A truly magical, mystical sound that I'm quite bowled over by to be honest! 'Fire Serpent's Lull' is led by what appears to be a plucked cello and twinkly bells whilst other scintillating arrangements are softly layered over this core to create a breathtaking soundscape akin to a walk in a snow laden forest on the night of a full moon. Really, it's that dream-like. I wasn't expecting this. I'm a bit taken aback at how beautiful this is. Playful too and occasionally unnerving. I'm going to have to indulge in this as well as that delightful Littlebow excursion.
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