Olivier Alary has produced experimental pop under the name Ensemble for many years, but now produces film soundtrack work under his own name. Fiction / Non-Fiction compiles numerous examples of his really rather luscious pieces, performed by various orchestras, choirs and ensembles. Released by 130701.
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I’m very happy to listen to this record and review it for you guys. Apart from this task being an important part the work Phil employs me to do, this new CD and LP is a thing of subtle and delicate beauty.
Montreal-based Olivier’s debut solo album arrives with us from the 130701 label, FatCat’s consistently brilliant classical offshoot. Alary drew upon the combined talents of multiple players, orchestras and ensembles over various recording sessions in many locations to make the pieces collected here. Although culled and compiled from a selection of his film soundtrack works, the music here is linked emotionally with a range from tranquil calm to wistful melancholy to tense expectation.
It’s a texturally complex record, with beds of strings playing host to many a wisp of finely breathed oboe, clarinet or saxophone. Those reeds vibrating and quivering as a leaf on an oak tree in summer. Even the percussive moments are restfully hypnotic, the polyrhythms and spectral notes mixing perfectly when sounded from glockenspiel under mallet. I could happily drift off to this. Gorgeous stuff.
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