Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (9 of 11)


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Street of the Love of Days ~ amor de dias
5.0 out of 5 stars Perverted Alchemy, 30 April 2014
I bought this album at the same time as their "The House at Sea" , to which I gave a rather muted 5 star review (my enthusiasm for this record has grown over the last 12 months). I was puzzled by most of the reviews that I read. for this, their first album as they didn't seem to correspond with what I was hearing. Clearly some people were pining for Pipas and the Clientele and, as I have subsequently explored the back catalogue of both,I can certainly appreciate where they're coming from. A version of the Clientele's "Harvest Time" is here,presumably because it was co-written by Lupe and is performed in a looser,jazzier style (double bass?). "Bunhill Fields" is the… Read more
Morton Feldman: Violin and Orchestra ~ Carolin Widmann
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beauty in Transition, 21 July 2013
Feldman seems to have been really well served by record companies over the last 20 years and this is no exception, with ECM (a perfect match for Feldman's Music) producing a great recording with a beautifully judged performance. The music itself is fragmentary with short units,in the style of the 2nd String Quartet but without the later chamber music's natural unity of sound. The large orchestral forces are utilized as shifting groups of chamber players with the violin almost being the only constant throughout the piece. Anyone who's heard (?) Feldman's "The King of Denmark" won't be surprised that the four percussionists have not brought my roof tiles down yet.
The House at Sea ~ amor de dias
The House at Sea ~ amor de dias
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunlit Dreamscapes, 19 May 2013
Closer to 5 than 4 on the star rating. Spanish guitars bringing sunlight to tales of Winter as other instrumentation is used sparingly but effectively. The piano, for example, is hardly present and is used very simply but still adds an extra dimension to a couple of songs and the drumming on "In the Winter Sun" is just joyous Free Jazz heaven in itself. Highlights include the title track, a hallucinatory journey and "Viento del Mar" which is a slow burning gem leading to a sunburst of psychedelic guitar work. The vocals are mostly hushed or whispered intimately throughout, with the lyrics hinting at darkness in the periphery which seems to come to the fore in "Maureen", a haunting… Read more

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