Félicia Atkinson returns to Shelter Press (Black Zone Magick Chant, Eli Keszler) with another set of fourth-world electronics and nocturnal musique concrete. Some of the tracks on The Flower And The Vessel are sweet hazes of keys, whispered vocals and music-box twinkles; others, like ‘You Have To Have Eyes’, are unsettling layered drones that bring to mind Jenny Hval or The Bad Seeds at their most abstract. Stephen O’Malley contributes to The Flower And The Vessel’s 19-minute-long closer ‘Des Pierres’
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How long was I gone? Time dissolved listening to this record, and when I returned I felt like I’d experienced some sort of shared past life regression therapy.
On her fifth album for her own excellent Shelter Press imprint ‘The Flower And The Vessel’ Félicia Atkinson’s vocals often feel like she’s under hypnosis - revealing stuff buried deep within the subconscious and the effect mirrors onto the listener. Certainly, in this listeners case, the intimate presence of her hushed, whispered voice is bewitching, which in turn seems to hypnotize me, luring me into an intoxicating dream world.
Like dream logic, it’s difficult to translate that experience into normal wakeful consciousness. It is, in many ways inexplicable, mystifying, sensual and devastatingly beautiful. She seems to tap into something truly magical on this album that feels comforting - a familiar and tranquil place, yet is occasionally unsettling. Her delicately layered electronics, field recordings, piano, voice, Rhodes and all manner of subtle unidentifiable sounds just weave together magnificently into a beautifully rich unique tapestry that reveals new layers each time I’ve heard the album. She may well have topped 2017s brilliant 'Hand In Hand' with this record, and that's really saying something.
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