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Spanish-born Rauelsson is back with second LP 'Mirall', a captivating record full of lush landscapes, organic beats and dynamic textures. And while melancholia prevails, this is an album peppered with joyful flashes and upbeat moments, filled to bursting with a veritable smorgasbord of instrumentation and genres.

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  • sp 027-cd / CD on Sonic Pieces. Limited edition of 350 copies with handmade textiled artwork

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Mirall by Rauelsson
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9/10 Jamie Staff review, 05 June 2018

Sometimes I feel I’m lucky doing this job; I often think this, in fact… The latest person to remind me how fortunate I am -- bearing in mind it’s still only Tuesday -- wasn’t Phil (surprisingly) but this man called Rauelsson who makes beautiful neoclassical sounds concocted from electronics, acoustic strings, tape loops etc. and binds them together with garden twine. It’s a craft which belies its parts and multiple layers; a cohesive blend of the natural and artificial -- artful trickery and sleight of hand which, particularly when Raúl Pastor Medall gets together with his mates as he has done here, results in pure magic. Mirall is the latest album from Medall and it’s a blissfully serene, steadily flowing and gently undulating ride from start to finish.

Medall selects from a bewildering array of instrumentation (not listed here, foretold on the inlay card) but also enlists a cast of stars to join in the celestially-inclined fun. Christoph Berg plays violin, classically and classily; Anne Müller ekes a vibrato from a sad cello; Claudio Puntin breathes life into his collection of reedy clarinets. There are texturally significant synthesisers, synth-ing contentedly; the pipes of a church organ rumble, the voice pipe of Heather Woods Broderick sighs in a reverb-drenched chamber (closing track, ‘Map of Mirrors’); a celesta weeps.

I’ve arrived at ‘Mistral’, a warm but devastating breath from the heart of this consistently fascinating and explorative record. This is the sort of music which is often too easily dismissed as ‘music for headphones’, although it certainly works as such. There are many wonderful and subtle things happening here; it’s not glossy, it’s not showy but it’s music that’s confident and contented in its own skin. The drums and percussion -- served by Finland's finest Tatu Rönkkö -- drive to an unexpectedly invigorating peak on ‘Silver Streak’. One final thought occurs to me that it would be an exercise in futility to attempt to define all the beautiful moments here; you’ll discover plenty more for yourself, in time. Oh also, Rauelsson was happy that his final, yet not least significant pal Nils Frahm was on hand to lend a little extra mixing and mastering sparkle. Lovely.

Intense sophistry rarely sounded so… so, well, so sophisticated. Presented to us in a handmade fashion, as ever, by Sonic Pieces. 


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