What music should be; Thoughtful, emotional, intelligent and memorable. For the past several months I have been searching for the perfect stringed contemporary 'chamber' ensemble sound by sifting through artists and groups such as 'Break of Reality', 'Rasputina' (Kent's previous affiliation), 'The Kronos Quartet', 'The Section Quartet', 'Apocalyptica', 'Vitamin String Quartet', 'Vespercellos' and many others. The aforementioned groups were able to temporarily satiate my craving for small ensemble bowed instrumentals but always left me craving a little bit more refinement, originality, or maturity. Julia Kent's album 'Delay' should be the standard against which all of those other artists should be measured. Unfortunately, I do not possess a sophisticated enough vocabulary to give this album proper praise. I can only hope that Julia continues to release music like this far into the future, inspiring younger generations of talented artists to create similarly beautiful music.