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- Paraphrases by Christoph Berg
9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 04 December 2012
Blimey, they’ve really gone to town with the packaging on this one. Housed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve, you get an LP, a CD in a thick card fold-out book thing, a massive double-sided colour poster, a 12”x12” art print, and a little envelope containing a download slip and, strangely, a flake of cinnamon bark to keep everything smelling all sweet and cinnamony.
Anyway, getting down to the record itself, Berg is having some wistful neoclassical times with quite a cinematic feel, lots of strings and piano and the occasional touch of field recordings...is that a typewriter I hear in ‘Poems Written By An Old (Prepared) Piano’? At times it does head into the “chocolate box neoclassical” areas inhabited by the likes of Dustin O Halloran but there’s a spooky, unsettling edge to many of these tracks as well. When he backs off the piano and focuses on the strings (the album seems to be split roughly 50/50 between the two) it’s reminding both me and Phil a little of Sylvain Chauveau actually, and that’s no bad thing, also maybe a touch of Johann Johannsson when he’s getting his sadness on.
We just spent literally minutes trying to figure out if a crow we just heard was outside the window or on the record. Kim reckons it was outside, I reckon it was on the record...although I did rewind it and the crow was no longer there...oh wait there it is! I was right! There’s a crow on this record.
I’m struggling to find an awful lot to say about this actually because Phil usually nabs these piano-led soundtracky sad neoclassical type records to review before anyone else gets a look-in, but I guess I got lucky this week. I’m sorry I don’t have more to say about it but it’s a beautiful, haunting record.
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