No. 2 by Christina Vantzou

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No. 2 by Christina Vantzou
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8/10 Clinton 20 February 2014

As our resident drift-core/neo-classical/everythings-ok-electronica expert is in hospital with a malfunctioning gall stone, I have been passed this weeks slower releases to pore over. Forgive me though as I have the attention span of a gnat, I couldn’t even sit through the entire Bruno Mars performance on the Brits last night but that could be for other reasons.

So I’m finally shutting up and telling you about this record which is on Kranky and was recorded by the now preposterously monikered Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie of Stars of the Lid ‘fame’.

The first track to really catch my ear appears two songs in ‘Going Back to Recover What Was Left Behind’ is one of those slow building cinematic epics which build in intensity with what sounds like a string quartet playing away alongside some wind blown instruments and a devastated piano.  I know its a lazy comparison looking at who I just mentioned earlier on but it really does recall some of Stars of the Lid’s prettier work. ‘Brain Fog’ has similarly churning strings, not unlike some of Johann Johannson's stuff particularly his ‘Virgulego Forsetar’ effort. The instrumentation is minimal comprising of blended strings and horn and unusually for this kind of music the pieces are quite short some clocking in at under 2 minutes.

Its all very tonal and drifty with huge amount of reverb applied to the instrumentation so it all kind of blends together in a manner which seems slightly unnatural but is certainly soothing on the ears. Fans of the driftier end of the Kranky roster are going to lap this up. Play late at night, possibly in a disused church. 


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