Delicate Power (In The Hands Of Others)
by Erik Nilsson
by Glanko & Daniel Bailey
by Markus Mehr
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For those who are unaccustomed to the work of Erik Nilsson, the recent reissue of his debut album ‘Recollage’ will certainly coming as something of an unexpected treat. It’s an album that often seems to have been unfairly eclipsed by the progressive sounds of successor, 2015’s ‘Hearing Things’, but in this new re-release by Hidden Shoal, ‘Recollage’ is brought back into the spotlight, letting it shine once again as a unique and unhindered triumph.
An album filled with a joyous and vibrant sense of playfulness, the re-issue of ‘Recollage’ brings together nine tracks (eight re-mastered and one original version) of skillfully blended electronics, live instruments, and field recordings, all of which are tussled, tossed and twisted through a series of digital manipulations. The end result is an expanding horizon of dizzying, technically precise instrumentals that are emotionally charged and brilliantly balanced.
Fragmented by sporadic, glitch bursts of open space, ‘Recollage’ was always a thoroughly unique spectacle, but with the re-issue has come a burst of extra instrumentation and a full re-mastering, and it’s taken the album from mesmerising to break-taking. The added flourishes and clarity has made ‘Recollage’ brighter, more vibrant, and more exciting than ever, offering a greater depth and a completely captivating experience.
The reissue of ‘Recollage’ has brought renewed life and colour to the old classic, and it’s amazing to revisit such a precious debut. 9/10
Pure euphony presents Ian Hazeldine from Hawarden / North Wales on his new opus, a dominated by piano and strings dance from worn, meditative ambient and contemporary classical music and a perfectly structured sequence of individual pieces provide an uplifting listening experience, selectively incorporated Winds sequences from the conventional jazz section and the vocal parts of the song artists Joanna Swan, Martine Bijn and Jan Van den Broeke reinforce the melancholy mood and the overall impression of deep relaxation. The chamber orchestra character of production dominated far more than the electronic additions, but the latter sounded superfluous or even distracting in any sequence. (**** ½)
Accompanied by the soft Alma Forrer, Kramies offers us “Into The Sparks,” a lavish and spooky folk ballad set against a matching backdrop.
It all started with a magical and rare encounter between two folk lovers shivering. On one side of the Atlantic, the young Parisian Alma Forrer, author of the first two EPs moving, the eternal and priceless stories. On the other side of the ocean, beyond the trails and mountains in the heart of Colorado lost forests, Denvers Kramies, soulful singer and friend of accomplice exciting Jason Lytle. Together, the two interpreters offer us a rare moment: “Into The Sparks,” an unexpected and delicate conversation between two dreamers, between two sensitivities, distance and both so close. Alma in French and in English Kramies reconnect with the singular art of correspondence; where, when both voices agree to better unite.
This sacred Kramies has not finished surprising us!
The French chanson creator Alma Forrer and US based avant-garde musician Kramies release the dream-folk two track single Into The Sparks today. The single consists of an acoustic version and a full version of Into The Sparks (available on bandcamp). Whilst Kramies has often featured on the site this is the first time I have had the opportunity to hear Alma Forrer and listening to her compositions is time well spent (also available on bandcamp).
The calmly paced track circles around the room akin to an eagle gliding on thermals and the combinations of voices hold the listener entranced as the subtle electronic hum flows imperceptibly through the four and a quarter minutes of the full version, whilst acoustic guitar flecks dappled shapes to the composition.