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- Vora by Rauelsson
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Sonic Pieces return with a tastefully packaged little outing from Rauelsson a.k.a Raúl Pastor Medall. You may remember the artist from the Heather Woods Broderick compiled ‘Portland Stories’ compilation or perhaps from his Peter Broderick collaboration on Hush from back in early 2011. Usually he can be heard tickling a guitar and whispering into a microphone in deeply meaningful and intimate ways whereas here on ‘Vora’ he’s being a little more adventurous taking on piano/synths and neoclassical arrangements as if he’s been at it for years (which he may have been behind the scenes...who knows). Man’s got the chops that’s for sure. I’m only two tracks in and I’m already impressed by the artist’s grasp of compositional subtlety.
The most intimate tracks here sound like they were recorded live in one take, in fact with headphones on you can hear the normally unwanted/frowned upon sound of the occasional tapping foot or the stroke of a piano key against another, all of which add a unique percussive quality to these brittle compositions, but it’s the synth-led and multitracked numbers that I’m getting the most enjoyment from. In short i’d describe these tracks as having a Windy & Carl meets Carpenter/Vangelis/Steve Moore vibe. These deviations likes ‘Split’, ‘Gravel’ and the rousing ‘Hourglass II’ are a welcome addition to the primarily minimalist neoclassical feel of ‘Vora’. It certainly gives it a luxurious sci-fi-meets-Philip Glass feel that saves it from being just another studious outing by a guy that can play like...really well and stuff.
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