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- Kosloff Mansion by Hallock Hill
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I seem to recall being fairly unmoved by the last Hallock Hill offering I heard, but 'Kosloff Mansion' is really hitting the spot today, possibly because I've just had a taxing run of challenging and/or confrontational records to listen to and its soft drones, tinkly piano and subtle field recordings are the sonic equivalent of someone coming up behind me and giving my shoulders a good knead. It's all I can do to keep from clambering onto the sofa for a bit of a lie down.
The formula is pretty simple and reasonably steady throughout. Jazzy freeform piano meanderings are backed by delicate ambience and field recordings for a slow and thoughtful LP that has a comforting, relaxed feel to it, as if they're just twiddling away to themselves in the conservatory on a rainy day for their own amusement. The individual pieces don't vary too greatly, although sometimes the accompanying ambience is more intense than others, but the graceful flow of sound is fairly consistent. Really nice stuff.
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