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A brace of recent piano and cello pieces make up the second album by this young New York-based composer. Minimal in terms of instrumentation and arrangement but not stylistically minimalist. Some tracks recall the dreamiest piano works of Cage (or Aphex Twin for that matter). Others almost edge into Nyman-esque territory. Waller has heavy friends - cover photos come from the archives of Phill Niblock, with Blue Gene Tyranny contributing sleevenotes.

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  • R39 / CD on Recital, housed in 6-panel CD wallet incl. 12-page booklet with photography by Phill Niblock & liner notes by “Blue” Gene Tyranny
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Trajectories by Michael Vincent Waller 1 review. Add your own review. 8/10
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8/10 Staff review, 31 January 2018

Michael Vincent Waller is a young American composer of increasing renown -- he studied under the tutelage and watchful eye of composer-pianist La Monte Young, no less -- and here is his latest album of beautiful music, fresh from his Manhattan loft apartment. To these ears, 'Trajectories' is his most complete and impactful work to date.

Waller worked with pianist R Andrew Lee to record this wonderfully coherent set of melodies and vignettes -- 17 interconnected tracks in total on the disc -- with extra emotional depth from the occasional cello of Seth Parker Woods. It’s a striking album of minimal, but lineally progressing, pieces for fans of the keys. At times clearly influenced by John Cage’s work, particularly the magnificent ‘In A Landscape’ and at others reminiscent of the wistful fragility of Aphex Twin at his most melodic, as on ‘Aisatsana’ or ‘Avril 14th’. The series labelled ‘Visages’ (in 8 parts) serves up some impressive dynamics and flourishes, with quite some emotional punch. Lovely.



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