An incredibly confident debut from composer, vocalist, and percussionist Jodie Landau. A cunning blend of rigid composition and spontaneity, You Of All Things features long-time Björk collaborators Graduale Nobili providing haunting vocal accompaniment. A compelling prospect for fans of Sigur Ros. Out on CD from Bedroom Community.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 08 October 2015
I'm listening to this while watching highlights of York City vs Doncaster Rovers. So what’s the verdict? Well Doncaster looked to have most of the possession but York got the two all important goals. Oh and the music? Well it’s complicated orchestral stuff with singing. It’s very arty and sophisticated and I’m the third reviewer to have attempted to write about this though I note that someone has thankfully blacked in Landau’s worryingly low cut top on the promo copy. So think about Antony and the Johnsons or the weirder bits off These New Puritans 'Field of Reeds’ then turn left into what you might think a chamber pop album produced by Valgeir Sigursson might sound like.
It’s all twists and turns, choirboy like vocals and complicated arrangements. I can hear some late period Talk Talk, Michael Nyman and Nils Frahm. I don’t have a brain or a drawing room big enough to take in all the subtlety this offers but to my lumpen ears it’s far closer to classical arrangements than modern day composition. It’s so sophisticated that amongst all the clarinets, harps and vibraphones in the credits sits a vocal coach. Slaves this is not.
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