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- DEN154LP / 180g clear vinyl reissue LP on Denovali. Edition of 500 copies
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9/10 Mike Staff review, 12 December 2012
Denovali always offer a touch of class when it comes to contemporary post-rock/post-metal/neoclassical types and this offering from Poppy Ackroyd is no exception. A composer from London now based in Edinburgh, she has constructed this delightful album using multitracked sounds entirely created on the piano and violin, not always using conventional techniques.
What has resulted is a series of lovely shimmering, twinkling pieces like a more violin-heavy take on the likes of Hauschka, Max Richter or Nils Frahm (I realise after writing this that Frahm did in fact master this album!), full of swelling strings, expertly played piano, and layers of clicky-thumpy percussion made by tapping and scraping the frame, strings and dampers of the piano with sticks and beaters, meaning that the percussive potential of the piano is maximised and there’s a restless Philip Glass-esque layer of playful microrhythms pushing the delicate melodies ever forward.
It’s absolutely gorgeous stuff, to be honest, luxuriously melodic, beautifully paced and experimental without imposing itself upon you, instead just letting you get swept up in the romantic, mysterious sounds. The sweeping closer ‘Mechanism’ sticks out as an early highlight but this whole collection is gorgeous and warrants more serious attention and repeated listening than I’m able to give it in the usual Norman Records review treadmill. Seriously good music for discerning grown-ups.
9/10 kris coleman Customer review, 29th April 2015
I noticed this one had been re-pressed by the ever-wonderful Denovali and saw Mike's review with interest. Just to confirm for anybody who is 'on the fence' about this that Mike's comment about the limitations of his work schedule and this being a potential grower are right on the money.This LP is such a grower that when I listen to it now,having owned it for a couple of years,it feels like a hug from an old friend. Poppy has created her own unique sound which is so difficult to do nowadays,especially given the limited instrumentation at work. Her follow-up LP from last year is equally gorgeous and continues to develop the themes started in 'Escapement'. Both are essential listening for fans of piano based music. Invest!
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