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5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds From The Cold North, 7 July 2011
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This review is from: Mount A (Audio CD)
Hildur Gudnadottir is an Icelandic cellist whose 2009 album
'Without Sinking' I listened to and shared a few inadequate
thoughts about in this forum last year. It was a revelation.

'Mount A' was in fact Ms Gudnadottir's debut, realeased in 2006
and reissued (presumably in the wake of 'Without Sinking') in 2010.
It is a mournful yet magical achievement. Ms G plays all the
instruments on the album. The eleven pieces are sonic tapestries
built up with layer upon layer of cello lines until a dense but
luminous effect is achieved. Sometimes warm; sometimes icy cold.

Opening track 'Light' is a fine example of her ability to conjure
vivid atmospheres from the simplest building blocks of sound. Here
one could imagine oneself lost in the swirling mists of a lonely moor.
The title belies the inherant sense of brooding, suffocating loneliness.

Listening to the circular drone of 'Shadowed' one feels the frost
creeping into our very blood and bones. A single sustained and
uncompromising idea played out like a peal of mournful funerary bells.

The inclusion of a somewhat de-tuned zither on 'Self' is another
unsettling invention. Water music from a deep subterranean cavern.

Final track 'You' is an extended ten minute composition which
brought to mind Brian Eno's 2003 collaboration with Laraaji :
'Ambient 3 : Day Of Radiance'. A hypnotic, meditative piece
which, despite its absence of dymamic variation and melodic
progression, is captivating in its stark, Nordic intensity.

I am glad I took a step backwards to hear this unpolished gem of an album.
Ms Gudnadottir's austere musical world is one well worth getting to know.

Highly Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Hildurness..., 13 May 2014
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This is the first solo album from Hildur Gušnadóttir, the Icelandic cellist, rereleased and remastered, having been originally issued as by 'Lost in Hildurness' in 2006. It foreshadows her second, 'Without sinking' with the same hypnotic layered cello, but perhaps slightly less assured. Still a wonderful album, the tracks seem to end more abruptly than those on her second, which conclude more maturely. It is the same soundworld, maybe a little melancholic but embracing and absorbing. If I had to recommend just one of her 3 solo albums it would be 'Without sinking' although this could be familiarity - it is a steadfast favourite - but the other two (as currently available) run it close. it is music to lose yourself in, to forget time and just be.
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