Following his previous work on Kitchen as Pill-Oh in ‘Vanishing Mirror’, ‘Taking the Veil’ is the debut solo album from Berlin-based musician Hior Chronik. Featuring contributions from Field Rotation (Denovali Records), Sophie Hutchings (Preservation), Luup (Experimedia) and composers Yasushi Yoshida (noble), Yoshinori Takezawa (Schole Records) as well as vocals from Amber Ortolano and Fabiola Sanchez (Familiar Trees), Hior Chronik has crafted a chilling yet beautifully evocative collection of cinematic soundscapes.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 02 June 2015
Hiror Chronik’s newest record of dulcet symphonia begins with two different atmospheres meeting in the dark. As an anonymous voice sings a melodically astute rendition of London Bridge Is Falling Down, Chronik traces with piano that’s slightly to the left, creating a slightly off-kilter vibe that’s both calm and chaotic. As far as tragic ways to open a record goes, this one is Max Richter meets that scene from Bambi in sepia tone -- a chilling moment that feels almost syncopated in the way it turns a Nursery Rhyme into a eulogy.
If you can get past that irresistibly sorrowful opener, Chronik’s ambient toy opera continues with a twinkling arrangement of xylophonic instruments, absent-minded piano and dour, near-whispered vocals from Amber Ortolando and Familiar Trees. It’s a neo-classical record, but it doesn’t feel like one: it’s too organic, and it’s perilously close to its listener, given none of the reverence of other piano-driven records of its ilk. Chronik is in a collaborative mood here, and the flourishes his friends offer -- a gruelling companion in Yasushi Yoshida’s violin on “Small Wonders”, the whisps of nature from Lüüp’s flute on “Cold Winter Morning” -- cut through his meditative ambient for a record that relates back to the physical world.
Hearing Chronik polarising his piano with an almost twee celebration of life is jarring, but welcome nonetheless: a track like “We Are All Snowflakes”, with its flutterings of Shugo Tokumaru-like abandon, seem unfathomable when you get back to crushing tragedy of opener “London Bridges”; on the journey, though, everything feels essential and sublime.
8/10 Gabriele D'Alonzo Customer review, 15th October 2015
I've bought it some days ago... I just can say that I can't stop to play in on my hi fi, in my car, in my pc. Great album, from the first track you can close the eyes and fill it inside the music.
I've never heard something about it.
I'm following Hior Chronick in facebook and also in soundcloud. I became his fan!!
All tracks can bring you in another dimension, I'm feeling like a clouds in a sky.
Thanks for this masterpiece, I'm waiting the next album of this extraordinary ARTIST.
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