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- Pan Tone by Hauschka & Hildur Gudnadottir
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Woo. A new Sonic Pieces. Time to rejoice! As ever the first edition of these things come in hardback book sleeves which are handmade and numbered of 450. They're lovely and when you've got a bunch of 'em sat on your shelf they look nothing but classy. (**This is now sold out, we only have the second edition!!**)Looks aside, 'What's on offer for my ears?', I hear you ask. Well, it's a collaboration between Hauschka and Hildur Gudnadottir. It was recorded live at Kings Place back in February 2010. The concept behind the sounds (there's always a concept) is that the suite of music was inspired by the complex set of pantones (colours to normal people) of the sea. So from the off you're treated to a nautical journey which is nothing short of magical. Hildur's cello combined with Hauschka's percussive piano stylings is marvellous. The whole thing works a treat and it's amazing when you find out they worked the whole thing out the day before. As ever Hauschka's piano is playful and arresting, Hildur's cello is moving and emotive and the two work hand in hand to create a unique, intense sound which will entrance you and leave you a wasted pile of mush in the corner of the room. That's always the sign of a good record in my book. You wouldn't know it's live either as it's been beautifully recorded but I think that might have something to do with Nils Frahm's mastering skills. I'd recommend listening to it in the bath for the full aquatic effect.
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