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  • Audio CD (30 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Touch UK
  • ASIN: B001T6KM8Y
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Icelandic cellist Hildur Gudnadottir's new album
'Without Sinking' is a stark and single-minded affair.

Like her countryman Johann Johannsson she constructs
ambient sonic landscapes of quiet meditative intensity.

It is difficult to separate images of her wild, dark
and wonderful homeland from the soundworlds she creates.

There is a slow moving, almost glacial quality to these
ten compositions. We are carried along despite ourselves
(willingly) by our curiosity and the desire to understand
more about the strange journey on which we have embarked.

The titles of the compositions display a gnomic economy;
little cryptic signposts to aid direction and intention.

'Elevation', 'Overcast', 'Ascent', 'Whiten', 'Unveiled'.

Ms Gudnadottir's sustained vision is both austere and
rapturous in equal measure. Sometimes the music washes
over and around us like a warm wave ('Into Warmer Air');
in other moments we are challenged by the almost suffocating
tension created by shifting layers of near-discordant sound
('Elevation'). We cannot help but be involved in the adventure.

Although the cello generates much of the sound which we hear,
other instruments appear occasionally to add to the enchantment.

The haunting integrity of the zither and woodwind arrangement
on 'Aether' is occasionally undermined by the cello's brooding
stygian intrusions with overwhelmingly unsettling impact.

The errie push-pull of the thematic material on 'Whiten'
feels like ice creeping insiduously through our bones.
It is a stunning piece and alone worth the price of the album.

'Without Sinking' may not be not the easiest of listens
but is, none-the-less a remarkably rewarding one.

Highly Recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gerry O'D on 18 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Without Sinking is a fine record, and it's from the far North, which is always a bonus.

Guðnadóttir just about manages to keep the attention dial up to 11, but this being cello compositions, you do end up with a bit of cello fatigue by the end. This isn't a criticism of her fine record, more a criticism of my own ears/ brain. Even Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach Bach: Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello is a small doses 'script for me.

Without Sinking is also recommended for the style of the compositions - what are they, exactly? Classical, neo-classical, acoustic techno, film music, modern music? Possibly all of these things. But it doesn't have the stifled feel of modern classical music, or a club stuff trendiness vibe. Or a mimsy indie vibe. Instead, the music speaks for itself: cold, dark and swimmingly beautiful.

Class!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon Freeman on 30 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This music is hauntingly beautiful and touches the deep soul. There are slow pieces that seem to draw out the inner being and more vibrant tracks that send shivers down the spine.
I would recommend it 150%.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Headphone Commute Review 3 May 2009
By Headphone Commute - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It is dark, dense, and brooding. The sky is gray. Winter is refusing to leave. Wind becomes the rhythm; dissonance - the melody. In the delicate hands of the Berlin-based (but Icelandic by birth) Hildur Guðnadóttir, the cello whispers and moans. Perhaps it's grieving for an uncertain future, perhaps accepting a buried past. The voice of sorrow seeps through the trembling fingers and saturates everything around it with something invisible, but wet and salty. Then, a heavy, thick and warm knot builds up inside my chest. And when I sigh, it escapes in a condensed vapor, ascends past the naked tree tops and joins a dark cloud in a stubborn winter sky. Finally the rain falls. And I cringe at all the pain. Hildur Guðnadóttir is not a newcomer to the scene. As a classically trained cellist, she has previously performed with and contributed to works by her Icelandic contemporary artists such as múm, Valgeir Sigurðsson, and Ben Frost, as well as Hafler Trio, Nico Muhly, and even Pan Sonic. For Without Sinking she was able to round up a talented group of friends, like Skúli Sverrisson, the prolific Jóhann Jóhannsson, and her father, Guðni Franzson. Dropping all of the above names should give you a brief idea of the circle that Guðnadóttir revolves in. I guess it's not surprising, since she is an active member in the neu-Iceland collective, Kitchen Motors. This is _the_ Reykjavík music scene think tank, owned and operated by Jóhann Jóhannsson, Kira Kira, and Hilmar Jensson. Without any exaggerations, this is indeed an acoustic modern classical marvel. Absolutely a must for this year! Add Without Sinking and Guðnadóttir's previous works to your collection. The debut album Mount A (12 Tónar, 2006) was originally released under the moniker Lost in the Hildurness. Her recent one-track complimentary release to the album, Iridescence (Touch, 2009), is only available as a digital download, as part of a new series of digital singles launched by Touch on April 1st. On May 16th, 2009, Hildur Guðnadóttir is scheduled to perform for Short Circuit, A Festival of Electronica, during a Touch showcase along with BJ Nilsen, Philip Jeck and the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, and [back on the road!] Biosphere!!! If you're anywhere around The Roundhouse in London, please go... For me...
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
moody, ambient, melodic strings 16 Oct. 2009
By Robert M. Baird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I got turned onto Without Sinking by a friend who blogs, Headphone Commuter. She thought it was one of the year's best and on several playings, I agree. It's hard to classify music. Ms. Gudnadottir has some training in classical music and is a proficient cellist. She is comfortable with electronica, so the music she produces has both a strong melodic component and some studio manipulation. She credits two other musicians but this is essentially a solo project. This is great stuff to listen to on a long drive in the country on a rainy day. It is not clearly contemporary classic, but won't seem foreign to someone who digs Bartok chamber music, not clearly ambient although it, like much ambient, lacks a large rhythm component. It ain't rock and roll. Because it is without much vocal, it doesn't resemble oh, say, Emily Wells or Joan as Policewoman, or Bat for Lashes all of whom are good instrumentalists as well as singer songwriters. It is well recorded, doesn't readily fall into any identifiable catagory, and is very original and refreshing. Give it a listen with an open mind and ears, you will be surprised and pleased.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Simply a gem. 30 July 2011
By moozak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is emotional music.The notes hang in the air and cut into your soul. If your looking for technical virtuosity then this is probably not what your looking for. this is ambient string music where each note seems to hang and float before another note takes flight.Its emotional and moody and requires the right situation to really find the benefits of this music. It requires the listener to really listen and in return you will be richly rewarded. It has slightly darker tones and gentle delicate feeling of loss and despair, but always beautiful.I think the idea of less is more would apply here.the real power to this music is in the emotional feeling rather than being overtly clever. I initially thought this music was boring and a series of slightly unconnected notes being played on a cello, nice but a little slow and disjointed with too much space between the notes but after a few listens i now love this music. The space that is created throughout each piece is as important as the actual playing.great stuff indeed.
14 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Lugubrious and Dull 11 Nov. 2010
By peter stanwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've gotten seduced by some of the reviews I've read recently of this kind of music (thank you, Headphone Commute...). Some of it is OK (Max Richter, Johann Johannsson), but this album is pretty grim. Graceless sawing away at a cello, nothing really happening melodically or rhythmically, relentlessly plodding minor key heaving. Music to blow your brains out in your ice-fishing cabin.... So the frozen North is gray and gloomy. This isn't exactly earth-shaking news. Dull stuff.
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