New York based cellist Julia Kent came into view from performing with Rasputina and Antony & The Johnsons, and her performance credits are impressive as well, including Swans, Library Tapes, and Aiden Baker. Asperities is her fourth studio album, recorded and produced entirely by herself. Layering string work and electronics with a palpable emotional core, place this next to your Max Richter and Jóhann Jóhannsson. Limited vinyl and CD on The Leaf Label.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 02 November 2015
It's fucking cold. But part of that reason is because I'm sitting here with the window wide open (don't ask). The fog hasn't lifted for days and everything is gloomy. I may be freezing but my working conditions suit this music perfectly. Kent has worked with everyone from Swans to Anthony and the Johnsons, but it is on her own where she really impresses.
This is perfect music to stare out of windows to. It's made up of gloomy cello tones and understated electronics providing a bedrock for sombre. Two tracks immediately stand out for being utterly superb 'The Leopard' starts bleakly with downward trundling notes over which further cellos are layered and looped, 'Flag of No Country' is (relatively) brighter with staccato plucks and very very sad, aching melodies. The record exists in a fog of it's own making, and seems to singlehandedly cover the trees with its own dew. Occasionally beats take more of a centre stage but it's always the cello your ear moves towards.
A fantastic soundtrack to a lost winters day. For fans of Nils Frahm, Rachel's, Max Richter. Deliciously sad.
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