On Tiny Birds, M. Ostermeier focuses on the gradual development of sparse and minimal piano melodies and then intertwines them with beautiful field recordings and delicate violin. Home Normal have unearthed another gem with this patient album of neoclassical drone and gorgeous ambient chamber music.
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 26 April 2016
Clint has just handed me the latest neoclassical opus by M Ostermeier to review. Marc -- that's what the 'M' stands for, by the way -- is a professor of chemical and bio-molecular engineering, label co-founder, composer, musician, polymath, Baltimorian. It's funny, because Clint knows I have a penchant for all things instrumental and sparse but he probably didn't know how much I like birds -- especially tiny birds -- and music made about them. Well, let's cut to the chase then because I am already three (miniature) tracks in. It's lovely. But you kind of knew I would say that... didn't you?
'Glide', well, glides along all skeletal piano, mournful violin (Christoph Berg) and textural found sound; it is a very pretty thing. 'Duo' reveals gently emotive piano coupled with meticulously arranged field recordings and it's a genuinely affecting passage of music. 'Flying South' marries soothing cello and twinkling piano with organic sounds to trance inducing effect. 'Skitter' is another beautiful piece, with meditative piano falling gently over sparkling electronics and soft flutters.
There are many wonderfully relaxing moments to be had in the company of this record, which nestles very comfortably with the best of Home Normal's previous output. A very welcome release.
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