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Moody, atmospheric cello music anyone? Julia Kent has built quite the loyal following over her previous 5 studio albums. Temporal sees her dark sound move towards more organic instrumentation. You can feel the strings being plucked and slashed across her cello over minimal electronic tinkering. 

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Temporal by Julia Kent
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7/10 Daoud 30 January 2019

One of my friends once told me he thought if God had a voice it would sound like a cello. There is something utterly about the deep resonance a good cellist can wring out of their instrument. For a moment it feels like the curtain of reality has been pulled back and you’re allowed to see the vibrations that bind us all. Julia Kent is one such cellist. On Temporal, her latest album for The Leaf Label, she makes the most of the voice of God.

This is a mournful album. ‘Imbalance’ makes the best of the many octave range of the cello to generate a heart-breaking tension. It brings to mind some of Max Richter’s more downbeat works, particularly those on magisterial Memoryhouse. Kent’s music is slightly lesser in its scope, for the most part the sounds you hear are ones that Kent makes. Of course she does a lot of long, brooding bowing, but she also plucks and stabs, often accompanied by a spares drum beat and some airy vocals.

The tracks were initially conceived of as musical accompaniments to theatre and dance performances, as you might have been able to gleam from the album’s slightly disturbing cover art. The tracks all have a very firm pulse, as necessitated by much dance. But thanks to its almost solitary nature, Kent’s compositions are spacious enough to allow for the small embellishments that allow dancers to bring their own personalities in. Sadly though, there is something lacking. These are lovely pieces, but on their own, a bit too simple.



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