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A continuation project of his father’s Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Arthur Jeffes returns with his fourth Penguin Cafe album Handfuls of Night. Inspired by Scott’s voyage to the Antarctic, the nine-track experience is bookended by beautiful instrumentals and takes in minimalist, cinematic pieces and uplifting, almost cathartic peaks. 

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Handfuls of Night by Penguin Cafe
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8/10 Will 02 October 2019

Well, when I saw the name 'Penguin Cafe' I was expecting some wretched noughties indie no-hopers but was in fact rewarded with a mellifluous modern classical album. 'Handfuls of Night' is beautiful and cinematic, full of wistfully uplifting passages that bear resemblance to some of Ludovico Einaudi's least bleak work as well as ambient experimentation and enjoyably incongruous percussion. 

My favourite piece on this album is 'Chapter'. It surprised me because after about ten minutes I was just drifting a sleepy, slightly bored reverie when this clattering, almost afrobeat percussion came clanging in alongside a mean, moody slightly syncopated piano and bass part that continued throughout the piece. I also love 'Adelie' which has some robotic vocoder as well as this double bass noodling that sounds like it could have come off 'Astral Weeks'. 'Pythagoras on the Line Again' is full of ambient swells and a weird little bleep bloop part that rises and falls like fucked morse code.

This is a quirky and beautiful album that is as far away from wretched noughties indie as it's possible to be. 

9/10 Aleksandar Customer rating (no review), 21st October 2019



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