Here is an interesting sounding collaboration between French ensemble Astrid and Rachel's founder and pianist Rachel Grimes. Following years of email correspondence the two hooked up in France to collaborate and the result is this an album of miniature symphonies, gentle and cinematic sounds and haunting neo-classical.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 30 August 2017
I truly am in love with the email album -- that thing where two people invoke the power of CC and switch up one another’s .mp3s over a good bit of online correspondence -- so I’m of course delighted to know that this album at least began over email. It’s enough, even if Astrid and pianist Rachel Grimes (of the quite similarly named classical crew Rachel’s) actually met up in France to make the album.
Expect serenity, expect beauty, expect the erudite: this record is a masterful bit of co-operative composition in which woodwind and piano dance around each other in direct eye contact, with earth-scorched electric guitar occasionally shifting the focus to a less picturesque view of the world. These two shades of the record feel intertwined but disconnected, like one is the view out of the window into another untouched world.
The record, equally propulsive via Grimes’ piano and meandering in its slower, doomier rhythms, feels like it could belong as much to Rachel’s as it could an early Dirty Three record. It sounds wonderful, basically -- moody, though not always mardy.
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